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 £110 during 2017.  Mixed paper and board prices have declined rapidly in the last few weeks to around £50 per tonne, having varied greatly throughout the year. The average price during 2017 so far is £78 per tonne. 


UK / Trade 

UK exports of recovered paper reached 424kt in September 2017, over 100K tonnes more than  levels seen 12 months prior. Exports have fluctuated throughout the year, peaking at 473 tonnes in October 16. The lowest amount exported was was 342 tonnes in July 17. 

UK mill usage of recovered paper was estimated at 2620kt in August 2017, matching usage seen in August2016.


Paper PRN prices

Paper PRN prices reached £1.75 per tonne in October 2017, the highest price seen since April 2016. 

Total paper packaging recycling totalled 922kt in Q3 2017, an increase of 32kt on the previous quarter and 80kt less than the same quarter of the previous year. Exports of paper packaging increased by 29kt to 586kt while UK reprocessing rose to 336kt.



Pulp prices have been buoyant over the past 6 months, reaching £727 per tonne in November. The average price during 2017 has been £674 per tonne.