Why do we send material abroad for recycling, there is adequate UK provision for paper recycling
In the UK, eight million tonnes of paper are recovered for recycling every year, when there is only capacity to recycle three million tonnes. There has recently been a further reduction in UK news and pams recycling capacity.
In February 2015, Aylesford Newsprint mill in Kent went into administration. It was this mill that was, at that point, receiving Hampshire's high quality newspaper stream (known as "news and pams"), and it led to a reduction of 800,000 tonnes of processing capacity per year.
These events led to significant market fluctuation and instability, and have consequently resulted in a need for many Local Authorities in the UK to identify and secure alternative markets to continue to recycle this material. In line with the waste disposal contract, in Hampshire, this is done by Veolia on behalf of the local authorities in Project Integra.