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 near Manchester; Smurfit Kappa with a plant in Birmingham and in Kent; and northern mills including Sonoco.

Tissue mills use recovered paper although some also use virgin pulp to produce tissue. The main source of material for this sector is from office waste paper, known as the mid-grades. There are several mills in this sector including Kimberly Clark and others such as Disley.

2014 UK Domestic Mill Prices

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Waste paper or paper for recycling price indicators, UK domestic mill.


2014 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
Mixed papers45 - 6545 - 6145 - 5738 - 5743 - 5642 - 53
Old KLS (cardboard)63 - 7860 - 7660 - 7260 - 7262 - 7060 - 68
News and pams90 - 9388 - 9383 - 8883 - 9083 - 9085 - 90
Over-issue news90 - 10090 - 9890 - 9494 - 9895 - 10295 - 100
Sorted office waste107 - 114114 - 118116 - 120117 - 122117 - 122117 - 124
Coloured best pams106 - 112112 - 116113 - 116115 - 118116 - 118116 - 120
Multigrade110 - 115113 - 117115 - 118117 - 121118 - 122118 - 124
Light letter125 - 130127 - 130128 - 133130 - 135133 - 138133 - 138
White letter150 - 160155 - 160155 - 160155 - 165158 - 165160 - 167
2014 UK domestic mill £ per tonne ex worksJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
Mixed papers35 - 5234 - 5235 - 5533 - 5536 - 5333 - 53
Old KLS (cardboard)62 - 7062 - 7062 - 7260 - 7258 - 7057 - 69
News and pams80 - 9082 - 9082 - 9080 - 9075 - 8569 - 80
Over-issue news90 - 9590 - 9590 - 9585 - 9083 - 8877 - 85
Sorted office waste120 - 125122 - 127123 - 127124 - 128124 - 128130 - 136
Coloured best pams118 - 122120 - 124122 - 125123 - 126124 - 126127 - 131
Multigrade119 - 124121 - 126122 - 126123 - 128124 - 129125 - 129
Light letter135 - 140135 - 140135 - 140135 - 140135 - 140135 - 140
White letter165 - 175165 - 175165 - 175165 - 175165 - 175165 - 175
SAICA Oct 18 t2e paper prices