Paper Prices Archive

Waste paper - or recovered paper as it is often known - moves to UK paper mills or overseas mills via a waste paper merchant or the merchanting arm of a waste management company or via a mill-owned merchant. Additionally, representatives of overseas mills, notably China, also purchase in the UK. The letsrecycle.com guide prices shown here are indicative of prices paid for collection of material by the domestic mills (ex-works) or by exporters and also indicate what a local waste paper merchant might pay (or charge for small volumes) .

Indicator prices are  for material usually baled or supplied to a mill specification. Price guides are compiled by letsrecycle.com and are not guaranteed. letsrecycle.com started publishing export prices in January 2004. We welcome feedback, email: news@letsrecycle.com

Quality is important and cleaner and well-presented material can attract a premium.

2010 UK Domestic Mill prices

UK DOMESTIC MILL PRICES £ per tonne

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Mixed papers 40 - 50 42 - 55 60 - 70 65 - 75 65 - 75 55 - 65
Soft Mixed (municipal) 0 - 55 50 - 60 65 - 75 68 - 78 70 - 80 60 - 70
Old Kls (cardboard) 55 - 65 57 - 70 68 - 76 72 - 82 72 - 82 65 - 75
News and pams 80 - 85 85 - 87 103 - 110 98 - 105 98 - 106 105 - 110
Over-issue news 85 - 90 87 - 92 107 - 115 107 - 112 108 - 115 108 - 115
Sorted office waste 90 - 93 90 - 95 95 - 100 100 - 110 110 - 120 130 - 135
Coloured best pams 93 - 96 94 - 97 103 - 107 105 - 115 115 - 120
Multigrade 100 - 110 105 - 110 110 - 120 120 - 135 130 - 145 140 - 145
coloured letter 98 - 110 105 - 110 110 - 120 125 - 138 133 - 148
Light letter 120 - 125 122 - 127 125 - 132 130 - 150 135 - 150 145 - 155
white letter 160 - 170 170 - 175 170 - 180 195 - 205 205 - 220 210 - 230
computer paper 155 - 165 170 - 175 170 - 175 180 - 185 180 - 185
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mixed papers 55 - 65 60 - 67 65 - 73 67 - 75 70 - 80 70 - 80
Soft Mixed (municipal) 65 - 70 65 - 75 70 - 78 72 - 80 74 - 82 74 - 82
Old Kls (cardboard) 70 - 80 74 - 82 79 - 87 78 - 87 80 - 91 82 - 95
News and pams 107 - 112 112 - 115 115 - 120 115 - 120 115 - 120 115 - 120
Over-issue news 112 - 120 115 - 125 118 - 125 118 - 125 120 - 127 120 - 127
Sorted office waste 135 - 145 150 - 160 160 - 170 158 - 168 158 - 168 153 - 163
Coloured best pams 147 - 157 147 - 157 170 - 180 165 - 175 160 - 170 155 - 165
Multigrade 150 - 160 165 - 175 175 - 185 170 - 180 165 - 175 165 - 170
coloured letter
Light letter 160 - 170 180 - 190 188 - 193 188 - 193 188 - 195 185 - 195
white letter 215 - 235 235 - 245 230 - 250 230 - 250 230 - 250 230 - 250
computer paper

UK DOMESTIC MILL PRICES £ per tonne

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UK DOMESTIC MILL PRICES £ per tonne

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UK DOMESTIC MILL PRICES £ per tonne

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2010 Export prices

EXPORT PRICES £ per tonne

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Mixed papers 68 - 72 68 - 72 80 - 85 75 - 82 78 - 83 65 - 72
Soft mixed (municipal) 66 - 70 70 - 72 82 - 87 78 - 85 79 - 85 67 - 75
Old kls (cardboard) 86 - 93 82 - 89 98 - 105 86 - 93 82 - 95 70 - 75
News and pams 70 - 75 80 - 88 91 - 97 92 - 98 93 - 100 95 - 105
Coloured best pams 95 - 105 98 - 105 120 - 140 125 - 145 130 - 150
Multigrade 110 - 120 110 - 120 130 - 145 135 - 150 145 - 155 155 - 170
Tear white shavings 115 - 125 117 - 125 120 - 130 125 - 140 140 - 150
White letter 180 - 200 180 - 205 190 - 215 195 - 220 200 - 220 240 - 260
Best white 2 190 - 210 195 - 215 205 - 225 220 - 240 230 - 255 260 - 290
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mixed papers 72 - 78 72 - 78 82 - 87 82 - 87 85 - 92 87 - 95
Soft mixed (municipal) 75 - 82 77 - 85 86 - 90 86 - 90 88 - 95 90 - 100
Old kls (cardboard) 82 - 93 90 - 98 97 - 105 100 - 107 104 - 112 105 - 117
News and pams 100 - 105 105 - 110 110 - 118 110 - 118 118 - 125 118 - 125
Coloured best pams
Multigrade 175 - 185 185 - 190 190 - 200 190 - 195 185 - 190 175 - 180
Tear white shavings
White letter 245 - 265 255 - 265 260 - 270 260 - 270 260 - 270 260 - 270
Best white 2 280 - 300 290 - 310 295 - 315 295 - 320 295 - 320 295 - 320

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2010 Merchant prices

MERCHANT PRICES £ per tonne

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Mixed papers 0 - 12 0 - 15 0 - 15 0 - 15 0 - 15 0 - 12
Old kls (cardboard) 5 - 22 10 - 25 10 - 28 10 - 28 10 - 28 10 - 25
Newspapers and magazines for 20 - 30 20 - 30 20 - 30 20 - 30 20 - 30 20 - 32
Mixed coloured office waste 15 - 25 15 - 25 15 - 25 15 - 25 15 - 25 15 - 25
White office paper 25 - 45 25 - 45 25 - 45 25 - 45 25 - 45 25 - 45
Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Mixed papers 0 - 12 0 - 15 0 - 20 0 - 30 0 - 30 0 - 30
Old kls (cardboard) 10 - 25 10 - 25 10 - 25 10 - 35 15 - 40 15 - 40
Newspapers and magazines for 20 - 35 20 - 35 20 - 35 30 - 40 30 - 40 30 - 40
Mixed coloured office waste 15 - 25 15 - 25 15 - 25 20 - 35 25 - 40 25 - 40
White office paper 25 - 45 25 - 45 25 - 50 35 - 60 35 - 65 40 - 65

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