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Falls across globe in recovered paper collection as China stays strong

Recovered paper collected in the UK decreased by 4.8% in 2009, parallel with a 4.8% drop in consumption against 2008 figures.

Published by the Bureau for International Recycling (BIR) the report World recovered paper market in 2009 shows China is the only country to experience strong growth in both recovered paper collection (+9.5%) and consumption (+11.3%) against the previous year. The majority of countries saw decreases across the board.

However, Europe remains the second highest collector of recovered paper, recovering 62,980,000 tonnes in 2009 – a decrease of 2% on 2008. The top region collecting is Asia at 83,108,000 tonnes in 2009 – an increase of 3%.

According to past president of the BIR Paper Division Giampiero Magnaghi, although the Japanese market weakened in the same way as Western countries, China continued to grow. He believes the fragile market is a result of many consumers purchasing materials on a “just-in-time” basis, while irregular purchasing by Asian consumers led to obvious fluctuations in the market.

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