This section of the data portal provides a summary of developments in the UK’s recovered paper market.  The data presented here comes from respected, publicly available and regularly updated sources on the internet.  By following the link(s) above the graphics, you can find out more details on the source of the data and visit the sites to access the full data.

The current highlights and trends are:


Recovered paper prices 


News & PAM prices have recovered in the past few months and currently stand at around £97.50 per tonne, having started the year at around £100 per tonne.  OCC also saw improvement and prices had risen to £90 per tonne in early July. .  Mixed paper and board prices have risen over the past few months from around £10 per tonne to over £30 per tonne. . UK / Trade  

UK exports of recovered paper stood at 365kt in June 2018, around 70kt less than levels seen 12 months prior. Exports have fluctuated throughout the year, peaking   at 438kt in March 2018. 

UK mill usage of recovered paper was estimated at 264kt in May 2018, 10kt more than usage seen 12 months previously.


Paper PRN prices


Paper PRN prices traded at just under £9 per tonne in June 2018. They have seen substantial growth over the past few months, having started the year at £1.50 per tonne. 

Total paper packaging recycling totalled 285kt in Q2 2018, an increase of over 30kt on the previous quarter and almost 40kt more than the same quarter of the previous year. Exports of paper packaging   increased by 61kt to 647kt while UK reprocessing declined to 305kt.



Pulp prices continued to rise, reaching £878 per tonne in June.