Waste Paper

For waste paper price indicators please use the drop down navigation to the right. The letsrecycle.com guide prices – in £ per tonne – are indicative of prices which may be paid for collection of material (known as ex-works) by Domestic Mills or by Exporters or Overseas Mills. We also indicate (merchant price) what a local waste paper merchant might pay or charities might receive, usually for smaller loads delivered to the merchant.

Price indicators are for material ex works, usually baled or supplied to a mill specification. Price guides are compiled by letsrecycle.com and are not guaranteed.  We welcome feedback, email: news@letsrecycle.com. Indicator prices are copyright.

 

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UK mills

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. Both use 100% recycled fibre, mainly newspapers and magazines. The cardboard sector includes: DS Smith with mills including Kemsley in Kent; SAICA at Partington; Smurfit Kappa with a plant 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 SCA, Kimberly Clark and Disley.

Prices

Waste paper, or paper for recycling, price indicators shown below are for material ex works usually baled or supplied to a mill specification. Prices can vary regionally. Contractual arrangements may differ. Price 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.


2017 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Mixed papers69 - 7976 - 8580 - 10540 - 5245 - 6055 - 75
Old KLS (cardboard)80 - 9588 - 10098 - 11080 - 9090 - 110115 - 130
News and pams80 - 9090 - 100100 - 10880 - 9582 - 9588 - 98
Over-issue news115 - 122120 - 127125 - 135112 - 122115 - 122120 - 128
Sorted office waste162 - 168164 - 169165 - 174166 - 175166 - 175165 - 175
Multigrade160 - 165160 - 165163 - 168164 - 170163 - 170160 - 168
Light letter165 - 175170 - 177175 - 180175 - 180175 - 181175 - 180
White letter225 - 230225 - 230225 - 230220 - 230225 - 233225 - 235
2017 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Mixed papers85 - 9380 - 90----
Old KLS (cardboard)133 - 143110 - 130----
News and pams98 - 11098 - 112----
Over-issue news127 - 135135 - 140----
Sorted office waste165 - 175170 - 176----
Multigrade163 - 170163 - 170----
Light letter175 - 180175 - 185----
White letter230 - 238230 - 235----
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