Paper buyers are planning to significantly increase their use of recycled paper over the next five years, the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has revealed. Research by WRAP found that more than two thirds (67%) of people responsible for print and paper procurement in the UK have targets or plan to increase recycled paper use. WRAP also said that recent virgin products price increases have encouraged nearly one in five organisations to use more recycled paper. Of those who will increase recycled paper use, 51% said they plan to increase use by up to 20% in the next 12 months, while a quarter plan to increase procurement by 20% to 50% and the remainder, 24%, by 50% to 100% over the next 12 months. In the longer term, more than a third plan to increase recycled stock by 50% to 100% in the next two to five years.Similarly, a further 35% plan to increase their use of recycled paper by 20% to 50%. In addition to their own plans and targets, print and paper buyers are optimistic about general take-up of recycled paper, with 52% expecting the overall industry to increase its use by 20% to 50%.One in 10 predict that take-up will increase by 50% to 75% and 36% forecast an increase of up to 20%. WRAP Recycled Paper Advocacy Team head Jonathan Tame said:Many organisations have been keeping a watching brief on developments in the recycled paper sector for some time and have increasingly been recognising the clear benefits.This has led to increased market demand, a trend that I predict will only continue. Todays recycled papers are equal in quality and on-press performance to virgin stocks and, where competitively priced, there is no reason not to seriously consider it in the procurement decision making process.