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Forestry Statistics 2013 - 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 2012 (Table 3.3). The amount of recovered paper which is exported rose from around 2.0 million tonnes in 2003 to 4.9 million tonnes in 2008, before decreasing to 4.4 million tonnes in 2012. Exports accounted for over one half (55%) of recovered paper produced in the UK in 2012.

Table 3.3 Flow of recovered paper, 2003-2012

Year

UK
production

Imports

Exports

Apparent
consumption1

thousand tonnes

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

2010

8 003 115 4 388 3 730

2011 

8 036 177 4 479 3 733

2012

8 154 160 4 447 3 867

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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