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Flow of recovered paper

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UK production of recovered paper (the amount recovered from businesses and households in the UK) totalled 7.8 million tonnes in 2016 (Table 3.3) a decrease of 1% from 2015. This, alongside a 1% increase in exports and a 59% drop in imports, led to an overall 10% reduction in apparent consumption from 2015 to 2016.

Table 3.3 Flow of recovered paper, 2007-2016

Year

UK
production

Imports

Exports

Apparent
consumption1

thousand tonnes

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

7 912 305 4 881 3 336

2016

7 825 125 4 932 3 018

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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