UK paper recycling sector "hit by falling exports"

Trade association says sector has become too reliant on Asia to sell goods, urges action to develop domestic markets

British manufacturers of recycled paper are being severely affected by a decline in demand from Asian countries such as China, the Confederation of paper industries (CPI) has warned.  A significant proportion of their products are sold to these countries, making the papermakers highly reliant on them, CPI says.  

The decline in demand is due to global economic slowdown and means manufacturers will have to warehouse most of their stock, according to the trade association.  Their activities will also slow down as a result, which means more waste paper will go to landfill or be incinerated.        

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