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Flow of recovered paper

UK production of recovered paper (the amount recovered from businesses and households in the UK) totalled 8.0 million tonnes in 2015 (Table 3.3). There was a 10% increase in exports of recovered paper to 4.9 million tonnes in 2015 from the previous year, resulting in a 10% reduction in apparent consumption.

Table 3.3 Flow of recovered paper, 2006-2015
Year UK
production
Imports Exports Apparent
consumption1
thousand tonnes
2006 8 015 140 3 996 4 159
2007 8 617 88 4 749 3 956
2008 8 768 74 4 891 3 951
2009 8 155 94 4 444 3 805
2010 8 003 115 4 388 3 730
2011 8 036 177 4 479 3 733
2012 8 099 160 4 447 3 812
2013 7 901 184 4 248 3 837
2014 8 014 136 4 436 3 714
2015 7 977 239 4 881 3 335

Source: Confederation of Paper Industries, UK overseas trade statistics (HM Revenue & Customs).

Notes:

1. Apparent consumption of recovered paper refers to use of recycled paper pulp in the UK.

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