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Paper production at lowest for 30 years

Posted on 15 February 2016

Total paper and cardboard production by UK paper mills slumped below the four million tonnes mark in 2015, according to figures just released by the Confederation of Paper Industries. The domestic production figure, at 3.97 million tonnes, was the lowest for almost 30 years, being close to the low of 3.94 million tonnes level recorded in 1986.

And, with domestic production falling in 2015, home mills used 12% less recovered – or ‘waste’ paper – in the production process at just under 3.3 million tonnes. This means that for what is thought to be the first time ever, exports of recovered paper to China alone – at about 3.6 million tonnes in 2015 – exceeded the total volume of recovered material used by UK mills.

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