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Recovered paper industry must boost quality to survive, finds report

Improvements are needed in the recovered paper industrys fibre quality to help UK businesses avoid being marginalised by export growth, a market report has said. The Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) published its conclusions in the report Realising the Value of Recovered Paper, which is part of a series of Market Situation Reports launched earlier this year. Commenting on the findings WRAP economist and author of the report Liz Dixon Smith said: "We are faced with the continued contraction of the UK paper manufacturing industry and the decline in volume of recovered paper used in UK paper mills. By contrast we are seeing real growth in net exports, particularly to China, which has seen prices for recovered fibre increase. "The Market Situation Report on recovered paper has been developed to present the industry with the economic information it needs to respond to these trends." Realising the Value of Recovered Paper also contains pricing information and details about developments in the domestic market. It also contains a section which focuses on current drivers of the future global market for recovered fibre. These reports are available free to industry participants. WRAP will also publish two more Market Situation Reports later this year on plastics and organics.

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