Use of recovered paper fell across Europe last year, according to research.
The Confederation of European Paper Industries estimated that 1.5% less recycled paper was used in 2011 than in 2010 by its 19 member countries.
Overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI countries was down by between 1.5% and 2% over the year, the body predicted.
Its report estimates that CEPI member countries – all those in the EU plus Norway and Switzerland – produced about 95m tonnes of paper and board in 2011.
This remains well down from 103m tonnes in 2007 before the global economic crisis.
The production of most grades was predicted to have fallen in 2011, with the exception of newsprint, which was broadly flat.
The following falls were predicted: graphic grades by 3%; uncoated woodfree grades by 4%; uncoated mechanical grades by 2%; coated woodfree grades by about 7%; coated mechanical grades by about 0.5%.
Production of packaging grades was estimated to have decreased by about 2%.
It is estimated that global paper production grew by less than 1% in 2011, CEPI said.