Paper and Card Flow 2020

A review of the quantity of paper and card packaging placed on the market (POM) and recycled in 2014. The study also projects future POM figures and recycling rates to 2020.

Key points:

  • New estimate of UK POM for 2014 is 4,749k tonnes, an increase of 862k tonnes from the previous estimate
  • Using the new POM figure of 4,749k tonnes, the UK achieved a 73% recycling rate in 2014, lower than previously reported
  • The estimate was found to be just over 1 million tonnes higher than data reported by obligated companies under the Packaging Waste Regulations, suggesting that non-obligated POM accounts for 21% of paper and card packaging in the UK

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