In the UK the three main types of mills are those producing tissue products, cardboard and newsprint. There are two newsprint mills: Palm Paper in Norfolk and UPM in north Wales (converting to cardboard in the autumn of 2021). Both use 100% recycled fibre, mainly newspapers and magazines. The cardboard sector includes: DS Smith with a mill at Kemsley in Kent; SAICA at Partington; Smurfit Kappa with a mill in Birmingham and in Kent; and northern mills including Sonoco.
Tissue mills use recovered paper and/or virgin pulp to produce tissue. The main source of recycled material for this sector is office waste paper. Mills in this sector include Essity, Kimberly Clark and Northwood.

Price indicators

Waste paper prices – ‘recovered paper’ or ‘paper for recycling’ prices – are shown using the above links, as indicators of prices that may be achieved for material, ex works usually baled or supplied to a mill specification. Merchant prices are for delivered in. Prices can vary regionally. Contractual arrangements may differ. Price indicator guides are compiled by letsrecycle.com and are not guaranteed. letsrecycle.com started publishing export prices in 2004. We welcome feedback, email: news@letsrecycle.com.

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