BIR report reveals paper and card production fell in 2019, but more was recycled
Global production of recovered fibers fell from just over 250 million tonnes in 2018 to less than 244 million tonnes in 2019, according to a BIR report.
However, global production of paper and board using recovered fibers has remained at just under 211 million tonnes.
These conclusions appear in the annual report of the Paper Division of the BIR. Paper and cardboard recycling in 2019: overview of global statistics.
The report explores the production and use of recovered fibers, as well as international trade flows and information on the pulp and paper / board market.
BIR Paper Division President and France-based Paprec CEO Jean-Luc Petithuguenin said: “2019 has seen an increase in the proportion of paper and board globally made from recovered fibers – from 50.27% in 2018 to 51.15% the following year. “
He added that Europe shipped more recovered fiber to India in 2019 than it did to China before the latter imposed import restrictions.
“None of us would have expected [that] only a handful of years ago, ”he said.
In 2019, markets such as Vietnam emerged, while established buyers such as India and Indonesia continued to have a strong presence.