Rising paper consumption outpaces waste recovery

Waste paper recovery for recycling is failing to keep abreast of rising UK paper consumption, suggests a parliamentary answer by junior Trade and Industry Minister Tim Eggar.1

The amount of waste paper recovered in the first half of 1992 was 1,616,000 tonnes - a slight increase on the 1,585,000 tonnes recovered for the same period last year. However, because paper consumption increased at a faster rate than UK production, the recovery rate declined from 33.7% to 32.5%.

Production of paper and board in the UK increased by 2.8% over the same period. The proportion of waste paper used in production in the first half of 1992 was, at 59.7%, identical to the rate twelve months earlier.

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