UPM consumes approximately 3.4 million tonnes of recovered paper in paper production each year. In total, 35% of all fibre used in UPM’s paper production is recycled fibre.
Efficient paper recycling depends on the local infrastructure for national collection schemes and recovery systems. The recycled paper used by UPM is purchased from Europe, where the most significant suppliers are local authorities, waste management companies and printing houses. UPM aims to optimise the value chain of recovered paper by focusing on local supply close to the mills with minimal costs and environmental impact.
Some of the purchased recovered paper is reprocessed at UPM’s own sorting facilities located in the vicinity of the UPM Shotton mill in the UK, the UPM Steyrermühl mill in Austria and UPM Chapelle Darblay mill in France. In addition, UPM has joint venture agreements with sorting facilities in Germany and service contracts with local sorting companies in the UK.