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UK mills' recovered paper usage drops

Recovered paper

UK paper and cardboard production has fallen below four million tonnes a year and mill usage of recovered materials has dropped, according to Confederation of Paper Industries figures for 2015.

Some 3.97 million tonnes of paper was produced last year, a 10% drop on 2014, while recovered paper figures showed a similar decline.

Paper mills purchased 12% less waste paper, a fall to 3.29 million tonnes. Usage at facilities fell by 10% to 3.34 million tonnes, a figure which includes recovered paper kept in storage.

However, the amount of recovered paper exported rose by 10% to 4.88 million tonnes while the amount imported was 76% higher than 2014, although this still only amounted to 240,000 tonnes.

The 500,000 tonnes rise in exports is likely to be due to a lack of capacity in the UK caused by the closures of Aylesford Newsprint, Tullis Russell and DS Smith’s Wansbrough mill.

Aylesford, the largest of the three, produced on average 400,000 tonnes of recycled newsprint from 500,000 tonnes of recycled waste fibre annually.

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