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 may pay or charities may receive, usually for smaller loads delivered to the merchant. A negative sign means a charge is made (such as for mixed paper or cardboard). Price indicators are for material ex-works, usually baled or to a mill specification. The guides are compiled by letsrecycle.com, are not guaranteed and readers are advised to do their own research.  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 prices – recovered paper papers or paper for recycling prices – are shown below as indicators for material, ex works usually baled or supplied to a mill specification. 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.


2020 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Mixed papers-5 - 5-10 - 0-15 - -3-5 - 2510 - 355 - 20
Old KLS (cardboard)10 - 2015 - 2815 - 3535 - 7560 - 11045 - 75
News and pams35 - 5532 - 4230 - 4040 - 6550 - 6550 - 60
Over-issue news60 - 6545 - 5040 - 5050 - 9070 - 9070 - 85
Sorted office waste135 - 140128 - 134122 - 128137 - 162170 - 190155 - 175
Multigrade130 - 137120 - 130111 - 115111 - 150160 - 180160 - 175
Light letter155 - 160150 - 155145 - 148150 - 180190 - 200180 - 190
White letter180 - 190175 - 185175 - 185190 - 225215 - 225215 - 225
Note: Low quality MRF mixed may be the lower mixed papers price
2020 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Mixed papers5 - 155 - 2013 - 2715 - 3225 - 35-
Old KLS (cardboard)40 - 7050 - 7760 - 8560 - 8065 - 83-
News and pams47 - 5747 - 6050 - 6347 - 6050 - 60-
Over-issue news70 - 8067 - 7572 - 8080 - 9080 - 90-
Sorted office waste145 - 165140 - 155145 - 155148 - 155150 - 155-
Multigrade150 - 165143 - 158150 - 160150 - 160150 - 162-
Light letter175 - 180170 - 177170 - 175170 - 173170 - 175-
White letter215 - 225220 - 230220 - 230220 - 230220 - 225-
Note: Low quality MRF mixed may be the lower mixed papers price
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