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Bank holiday disruption impacting on paper prices

A shortage of material arisings as a result of the public holidays has led to a slight price increase in material according to some in the paper recycling industry.

Some paper recyclers have seen a price rise of £5 to £10 a tonne in the past week on newspaper grades as the banks holidays cause disruption across collection and delivery supply chains. Others are yet to see a price change but believe the material shortage seen over the past week will have an impact.

One paper recycler said: “Three short weeks is a nightmare scenario and has and will affect us. The market has reflected this. It should calm down soon though as the children are back to school from their term holidays this week and once the bank holidays are over, the market will go back to the previous prices.

“We may well see more waste paper being produced in the short term, which will begin to feed through following the Royal wedding as the public buy more papers, which are featuring more supplements.”

Another recycler agreed, adding that packaging from Easter Eggs should also begin to feed through over the next week. He added: “Currently, prices don’t look like they’ve moved but the shortage could push them up. There wasn’t much material about last week and many of the mill groups are buying up what they can to fill their books. It is a very confusing market at the moment.”

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