United Kingdom – Having dropped sharply during both January and February of this year, the UK’s overseas shipments of recovered paper recorded improvements in the ensuing three months, according to latest figures from the Confederation of Paper Industries and HM Revenue & Customs.
However, the total volume dispatched by Europe’s largest recovered fibre exporter across the first five months of this year was 6.6% lower than in the corresponding period of 2016 at 2.021 million tonnes.
UK collections of recovered paper followed a similar pattern, with year-on-year gains in March, April and May going some way towards offsetting steep losses in the opening two months of the year. Taking the first five months of 2017 as a whole, volumes were 4.2% down on last year at 3.261 million tonnes.
Usage of recovered fibre by UK mills gathered pace such that May saw the largest year-on-year gain to date in 2017 of 6.8%.
Domestic consumption was 1% higher across the opening five months of the year at 1.292 million tonnes while UK paper and board production climbed 4.7% to 1.595 million tonnes.