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Flow of recovered paper

UK production of recovered paper (the amount recovered from businesses and households in the UK) totalled 7.5 million tonnes in 2018 (Table 3.3) a decrease of 3% from 2017.  Imports increased by 12% and a exports decreased by 4% between 2017 and 2018, resulting in a 1% fall in apparent consumption over this period (Table 3.3).

Table 3.3 Flow of recovered paper, 2009-2018

Year UK production Imports Exports Apparent consumption1
thousand tonnes    
2009 8155 94 4444 3805
2010 8003 115 4388 3730
2011 8036 177 4479 3733
2012 8099 160 4447 3812
2013 7901 184 4248 3837
2014 8014 136 4436 3714
2015 7912 305 4881 3336
2016 7825 125 4932 3018
2017 7772 107 4733 3147
2018 7547 120 4540 3127

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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