United Kingdom – When comparing the first 11 months of 2017 with the same period in 2016, the UK’s recovered paper collection volumes were basically unchanged at around 7.15 million tonnes. However, domestic mills mopped up a larger proportion of the available fibre in upping their consumption by 3.8% from 2.784 million tonnes in January-November 2016 to 2.889 million tonnes in the same period last year.
UK paper and board production climbed 4.6% year on year to 3.544 million tonnes in the opening 11 months of 2017, with all sectors – including graphic papers – posting increases when viewed against the previous year’s corresponding period.
Europe’s leading exporter of recovered fibre shipped 4.361 million tonnes to other countries in January-November 2017 for a year-on-year decline of 2.7%; the mixed paper total slid 8.8% year on year to 1.338 million tonnes whereas OCC shipments edged 0.2% higher to 2.467 million tonnes.
It is worth noting that, across 2016 as a whole, the UK set a new recovered paper export record of 4.932 million tonnes.