The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is to seek an industry sector deal with the Government.
These deals are based around industries and Whitehall collaborating to agreed objectives.
They have so far been reached in the life sciences, construction, automotive and artificial intelligence industries.
CPI proposals for the deal include improving both the volumes of paper collected for recycling, and its quality, through wider adoption of source segregated household recycling practices.
It also seeks to reduce the paper industry’s use of carbon, find ways to use recovered paper that cannot be conventionally recycled and build a business case for investment in paper making and downstream conversion capacity.
A Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy guide says the deals are reached between the Government and industrial sectors that organise themselves to improve productivity, and can address issues such as regulatory, promoting innovation and increasing exports.
They do not involve funding, but the government will use its powers to help the deal reach its objectives, for example by aligning government policies around a sector and ensuring existing funding is used in the most effective way.
A CPI economic report produced to bolster its case for the deal said the industry comprised nearly 1,500 companies, which directly or indirectly employed 142,000 people and had an £11.5bn turnover. It said papermaking productivity had increased since 2000 from 350 to 491 tonnes per employee.
Miles Roberts, chief executive of DS Smith, will chair a sector deal implementation board, due to hold its first meeting before July.
CPI director general Andrew Large said: “This is a major step forward for the UK’s paper-based industries in demonstrating the importance of the industry to the UK economy. We look forward to working with the Government to negotiate a sector deal.”
Environmental Services Association executive director Jacob Hayler said: ”The ESA is taking a twin-track approach to sector deals – we are talking to BEIS about mandating resource efficiency requirements as a cross cutting component of all sector deals, while at the same time we are developing a sector deal of our own.
”We have already discussed an early draft of our sector deal with Defra and BEIS officials, and ESA intends to develop the deal in parallel to Defra’s forthcoming resources and waste strategy.”