Paper recycling rate fell in 2006

The recycling rate for paper and board fell to 33.9% in 2006, according to the latest figures from the Confederation of Paper Industries. It is the lowest recycling rate since 1992.

The amount of paper collected grew by only 3.4% (216,000 tonnes) compared to 8.7% (623,000 tonnes) in 2005 and 12.8% (808,000 tonnes) in 2004.

"CPI’s concern is that… the introduction of large-scale recyclate sorting plants in the UK has simply diverted clean, quality recovered paper into a more problematic recovery route," said recovered paper sector manager Peter Seggie.

Exports continued to grow in line with falling UK domestic demand. Domestic use fell by over 8% compared to 2005, while exports rose by over 20%.