UK paper mills have expressed their concern over the disruption that the royal wedding will cause to collection schedules.
The wedding falls on 29 April - in between the Easter bank holiday and the May Day bank holiday - resulting in a sequence of a four day week, a three day week and a four day week. Therefore, mills are concerned about the effect this will have on local authority collections and deliveries to mills.
Aylesford Newsprint head of recycling Andrew Perkins said: “The concern is the supply disruption. Any bank holiday is disruptive, so we will have to stock up on material in order to get through that two-week period.
“However, there should be a benefit to the wedding to some extent, as the newspapers will be producing lots of supplements around that time and it will create more advertising, so there will be more pages in the papers and more material.”
Craig Robinson, UPM head of recovered paper explains that although there will be an impact, it is not yet clear exactly what it will be. He said: “It will be a challenging period. There is no doubt that the way the bank holidays fall, local authorities will have to look at their collection schedules because there will be disruption of kerbside collections. Additionally, people may decide to take a holiday around that time, so there might be less paper consumption.
“However, it is prudent for a company like us to plan ahead.”