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 fluctuated during 2017, averaging around £103 per tonne.   OCC prices have also been variable, averaging around £112 during 2017.  Mixed paper and board prices have declined rapidly in the last few weeks to around £58 per tonne, having varied greatly throughout the year. The average price during 2017 so far is £79 per tonne. 


UK / Trade  

UK paper exports continued to fluctuate, averaging £394kt in the 12 months from September 2016 to August  2017. Exports peaked in October 2016 at 473kt.

UK mill usage of recovered paper was estimated at 250kt in July  2017, 10kt more than the same period in 2016.

UK exports of recovered paper reached 360kt in August 2017, similar to levels seen 12 months prior     


Paper PRN prices

Paper PRN prices reached £1.50 per tonne in September 2017, the highest price seen since April 2016. 

Total paper packaging recycling totalled 890kt in Q2 2017, a decrease of 66kt on the previous quarter and 47kt less than the same quarter of the previous year. Exports of paper packaging  decreased by 95kt to 557kt while UK reprocessing rose to 333kt.



Pulp prices have been buoyant over the past 6 months, reaching almost £700 per tonne at times. The average price during 2017 has been £666 per tonne.