Recycling Association seeks Government’s support for Paper and Cardboard Recycling

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After the latest notification from China and Indonesia, the Paper and Cardboard Recycling industry is urging the government via UK’s Recycling Association to encourage investment in the UK paper and cardboard recycling infrastructure.

China-Indonesia – Cause and Effect Relationship

  • China intends to restrict fiber imports until the end of the year, despite waste import bans enforced by the country at the end of 2017, including a restriction on mixed-paper. The country also aims, being a component of a wider anti-pollution endeavour, to prohibit all solid waste imports by the year-end.
  • Indonesia imposed a contamination limit of 2% on imported paper and plastic waste during May end. According to Simon Ellin, CEO of the Recycling Association, the government further plans to reduce the limit to 0.5%, which will impact the waste quantity that the UK can export. Additionally, the country announced that within 6 months of May’s declaration, waste materials will be treated as an industrial raw material including reducing the limits of tolerance and the gradual elimination of import quotas.

Strengthening Recycling-infrastructure

  • According to Ellin, the UK utilizes 8 mt of paper and cardboard, of which, due to inadequate volume, more than half is exported for recycling. Additionally, around 3 mt is exportable to China, but, considering the mixed paper ban and slowly growing import quotas, this is not feasible.
  • The Recycling Association suggests new announcements from China and Indonesia signal that the UK Government should invest more in paper and cardboard recycling resources. Countries like Indonesia will continue to be important for ephemeral export to empower the UK to fulfill its economic ambitions, but the UK needs to give attention to its Paper Recycling Industry, Ellin further added.

Waste Minimization Measures

  • As per Ellin, the strong emphasis ought to be on improvement of infrastructure that helps achievingUK’s goal of the integrated waste policy, which outlines the methods for protecting natural resources by minimizing the waste, encouraging environmental sustainability.
  • It will include analyzing a probable paper mill for shipping recycled pulp to global industrial centers. It is important because when the UK imports foreign goods from Asian countries it should transfer cardboard packaging materials to them as paper to convert them back into cardboard, Ellin added. Besides, the UK can invest in the production of Finished Paper for its global sale.
  • Ellin suggests in-tandem functioning of Government and Recycling Association for studying the industrial benefits of recycling infrastructure for paper and cardboard and procedures for funding it.


The shrinking global markets with the stiffer import regimes have led to seeking Government’s stimulations probably the best alternative course of action.

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