Paper

Introduction

This section of the data portal provides a summary of developments in the UK’s recovered paper market.  The data presented here comes from respected, publicly available and regularly updated sources on the internet.  By following the link(s) above the graphics, you can find out more details on the source of the data and visit the sites to access the full data.

The current highlights and trends are:

 

Recovered paper prices 

News & PAM prices have declined from £100 per tonne in January 2019 to £87.50 per tonne in July 2019. OCC also saw prices drop to from £40 per tonne to £25 per tonne in July 2019. Mixed paper and board prices have been changeable, averaging around £22 per tonne this year. 

 

UK / Trade 

UK exports of recovered paper have been variable this year.  They stood at £355 per tonne in May 19, compared to 396 per tonne in May 18. 

UK mill usage of recovered paper was estimated at 239kt in May 19, around 25kt less than usage seen 12 months previously. 

Exports of paper packaging fell by around 30kt to 1712kt  between the first and second quarters of 2019.  UK reprocessing has seen large increases. 2019Q2 saw 109kt reprocessed, compared to 95kt in 2018Q2