Prices can vary regionally. So, here’s my guide to recycling paper. Pandemic pushes up waste paper prices Prices for waste (recovered) paper have risen during April due to shortages and demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Waste paper, or paper for recycling, price indicators shown below are for material ex works usually baled or supplied to a mill specification. Recycling rates of municipal waste, packaging waste and waste electrical and electronic equipment — which represent significant sources of secondary materials and critical raw materials — are increasing in Europe, indicating a move towards using waste as a resource and a more circular economy. Contractual arrangements may differ.
As a reminder at the beginning of 2018, China, the main global buyer of recycled paper products, stopped accepting ANY paper bales with a 1% contamination rate or higher. Of course, always check with your own waste management facility, and remember the zero waste lifestyle is about recycling less NOT more.
In particular there is a strong demand for recovered paper feedstock to supply the tissue and packaging board sectors within the UK and on the Continent, with prices rebounding from some historically low levels over the past year. letsrecycle.com started publishing export prices in 2004. Price indicator guides are compiled by letsrecycle.com and are not guaranteed.