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Paper Recycling July 29, 2020 10:15:18 PM

BIR Report Spotlights Vital Trends in Recovered Paper Market

Paul Ploumis
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In 2018, Europe exported 24.430 million tonnes of recovered paper, the majority of which were to Asian destinations.

BIR Report Spotlights Vital Trends in Recovered Paper Market

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster):  The most recent analysis report ‘Paper and Board Recycling in 2018’ published by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) provides insights on recovered fiber trends.

According to the report, recovered fibre in excess of 250 million tonnes was produced in 2018. The Asian region emerged as the major producer, accounting for nearly 43% of the global production. The Asian production totalled 106.935 million tonnes during the year. Europe accounted for 27% production, whereas 21% of the production was from North American countries.

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In 2018, Europe exported 24.430 million tonnes of recovered paper, the majority of which were to Asian destinations. The North American recovered fiber exports edged higher to 21.020 million tonnes. The U.S. recovered fiber exports to China tumbled 45% to 6.4 million tonnes. On the contrary, deliveries to India soared 74% to 3.3 million tonnes.

The global pulp production totalled 187.2 million tonnes, with North America producing almost one-third of the total. The other major regional producers were Europe (47.04 million tonnes), Asia (41.56 million tonnes) and Latin America (30.47 million tonnes).

The BIR report states that global paper and board production totalled almost 420 million tonnes in 2018, with China continuing to remain as the world’s leading producer.

Furthermore, the report says that over 50% of all paper and board produced across the globe has a recycled content.

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