Forestry Statistics 2010 - Trade

Flow of recovered paper

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UK production of recovered paper (the amount recovered from businesses and households in the UK) totalled 8.2 million tonnes in 2009. The amount of recovered paper which is exported rose from around 0.6 million tonnes in 2000 to 4.9 million tonnes in 2008, before decreasing to 4.4 million tonnes in 2009.  Exports now account for over one half (54%) of recovered paper produced in the UK.

Table 3.3 Flow of recovered paper, 2000-2009

Year

UK
production

Imports

Exports

Apparent
consumption1

thousand tonnes

2000

5 301

136

590

4 847

2001

5 521

50

694 4 877

2002

5 968 76 1 227 4 817

2003

6 304 100 2 005 4 399

2004

7 126 87 3 127 4 085

2005

7 718 78 3 329 4 467

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

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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