Recovered Paper Market Intelligence


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  • What are the key trends in Recovered Paper category?
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  • What are the major challenges and risks in Recovered Paper industry?
  • How is Recovered Paper industry performing?

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Report Coverage

  • Global Capacity–Demand Analysis
  • Global Trade Dynamics
  • Regional Market Snapshot-North America, Europe, Asia
  • Cost Structure Analysis

Production Size

Global Production Size/ Capacity

251 MMT


2-3 Percent

Production Size North America

77 MMT

Production Size Europe

79 MMT

Table of contents

  1. Recovered Paper Executive Summary
  2. Global RCP
  3. Industry Outlook
  4. Global Cartonboard Producers’ Capacity
  5. Major Trade Flow, Region wise
  1. Recovered Paper Market Analysis
  2. Global - Market Analysis
  3. North America - Market Analysis
  4. Europe - Market Analysis
  5. Asia - Market Analysis
  6. Porter’s Five Forces Analysis
  7. Recent Capacity Changes
  1. Recovered Paper Supplier Analysis
  2. Key Global Supplier Profiles
  3. Key Regional Supplier Profiles
  1. Recovered Paper Cost Structure Analysis
  2. Regional Cost Structure
  1. Recovered Paper Innovations in RCP
  2. Latest Innovations
  1. Recovered Paper Procurement Best Practices
  2. Industry Procurement Pattern
  3. OCC Engagement Type
  4. Best Practices

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Recovered Paper Market Analysis and Global Outlook

  • Major exporters, like the US and the EU, are witnessing negative or minimum growth rates after the import restrictions in China
  • The sustainability regulations in China have become a major challenger for the global recyclers
  • The domestic recycling rate in China is expected to increase, due to the shortage of imports

Major Certifications for Recycling Plants 


  • The FSC Recycled label means all the wood or paper in the product comes from reclaimed (re-used) material
  • Retailers selling products they have not made themselves may apply to use the FSC logo without being certified. They are only allowed to use the logos to promote the FSC-certified products that they sell


  • The Recycling Industry Operating Standard™ (RIOS™) is an integrated Quality, Environmental, Health and Safety Management System Certification
  • By integrating the management system, recyclers are able to more effectively manage their system, which results in stronger health and safety programs, greater environmental responsibility, and better operational efficiency

Global RCP - Market Overview

  • The global recovered paper demand is expected to increase at a CAGR of 2–3 percent until 2021
  • Asia (dominated by China and India) was the major driver of demand with US and EU being the prime exporter of recovered paper, globally. However, with sustainability regulations in China, the exporters will be largely affected. China will have to try and scale up its recovery rate to reduce dependencies on the US and the EU

Global RCP End-use Market

  • Europe and APAC are the major regions that use recycled paper for containerboard production
  • While 95 percent of the total containerboard produced in APAC is made from RCP, the value is 82 percent for Europe (combining WE and EE)
  • Similarly, for boxboard, 67 percent is recycled in APAC, whereas in Europe, it accounts for 51 percent of the total boxboard produced
  • The demand for newspaper and printing & writing paper has been on a continuous decline in the developed regions, and its share is expected to decrease even further by 2019
  • Tissue share is expected to increase, mainly driven by the developing regions, like APAC and LATAM

RCP Growth Drivers

Demand from China

  • China has huge appetite for OCC, and hence, demand from China largely drives the global market. With OCC import restrictions, it is expected to create an adverse effect on the global recycling industry
  • Due to OCC (Old Corrugated Cardboard) import restrictions, Chinese mills have started importing virgin pulp to make up for the loss of OCC. Another practice that is expected to gain momentum among the converters in China is the import finished containerboard

Increase in Industrial Production

  • Increase in industrial production will result in increased demand for containerboards, which, in turn, will increase the demand for OCC. An increase in the paper and board production globally will also induce the demand in the OCC segment
  • With strong growth rates projected in China and other regions, like EE, India, L.A., demand for OCC is expected to increase in the future

Shift to Recycled Grades

  • The demand for OCC or any other grades of RCP will depend on the availability of alternate forms of fiber in the region. For example, OCC demand in a region like Brazil or Chile will be minimal due to abundant availability of virgin pulp
  • Shifting consumers’ preference between virgin and recycled grades in the end products will determine the demand for the same in the future

Growing Concern for Environment

  • Every ton of paper recycled reduces the CO 2 emissions by about 21 percent, water consumption by 7,000 gallons, 380 gallons of oil, 4,000 kilowatt of energy, and 3.3 cubic yards of landfill space
  • Paper fiber can be recycled as many as seven times, making it a very crucial raw material for paper producers

Regional Cost Structure of RCP

  • The cost of raw material is lower in regions, like North America and Europe, because of the ease in availability of raw materials
  • In Asia, owing to low recovery rate, raw material is imported from these regions, pushing the share higher
  • On the other hand, labor availability and average labor costs are much lesser in Asia compared to North America and Europe, bringing the labor cost contribution down
  • Other costs constitute to various verticals, like marketing, sales and distribution, general administration, and financing

Recovered Paper Price Drivers

  • Some of the inorganic fibers, such as kaolin, calcium carbonate, talcum, etc., that are added to make the paper soft reduces the reusable amount of paper during the recycling process and are converted to ash
  • High ash content in the scrap reduces its prices
  • Pre-consumer paper is sold for a higher price than post-consumer paper
  • Collection also plays an important role in affecting the prices

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