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Production of paper

Figures for the production of paper (Table 2.21) are provided by the Confederation of Paper Industries. They cover all paper production from UK mills, not just those using UK roundwood. Most UK paper production uses recovered waste paper or imported pulp.

A total of 4.0 million tonnes of paper and paperboard was produced in the UK in 2015, a decrease of 10% from the previous year. Packaging materials accounted for 48% of the total UK paper production in 2015, graphic papers (including newsprint) for 27%, and sanitary and household papers for 19%.

Table 2.21 Production of paper and paperboard, 2006-2015
Year Graphic papers
(incl newsprint)
Sanitary &
household papers
Packaging
materials
Other Total paper
& paperboard
thousand tonnes
2006 2 483 805 1 999 301 5 588
2007 2 229 834 1 852 313 5 228
2008 2 063 783 1 838 299 4 983
2009 1 609 736 1 702 246 4 293
2010 1 637 729 1 640 294 4 300
2011 1 669 766 1 600 307 4 342
2012 1 616 795 1 798 271 4 480
2013 1 636 802 1 851 272 4 561
2014 1 544 768 1 801 284 4 397
2015 1 053 772 1 894 251 3 970

Source: Confederation of Paper Industries

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