The Aylesford Newsprint general manager takes on the role from SCA Recycling managing director Ken Stevens after his two year term ended at the same event.
White said: I am very happy to accept the presidency of the recovered paper sector. I look forward to presiding over an active council and membership which represents the vast majority of the industry.
"Ken [Stevens] presided over a period of change in the organisation and it is now in a strong position to be active in the key areas which will impact on the industry as it goes forward.
With over 35 years of experience in the recycling industry, White will lead a CPI sector council representing members from UK recovered fibre reprocessing mills, integrated recovered paper merchants and independent recovered paper merchants.
While he stated that the industry is a great success story and leads the way in finding overseas markets for paper the UK cannot use, he also said that some operators are casting a shadow on this by ignoring the law and their duty of care.
This appears to be leading to pressure for potential regulatory changes. However, there is certainty that recycling paper is the right option in terms of economic and sustainable development, as well as carbon reduction in comparison to other management options.
With this in mind the CPI recovered paper sector will be active in ensuring that the UK makes the best use of this resource, and that any proposed regulatory changes are fully assessed and proportionate to any risks associated with this non-hazardous material, he added.