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Used paper shortage creates cardboard crisis

The Local · 13 Apr 2010, 11:24

Published: 13 Apr 2010 11:24 GMT+02:00

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According to recycling and waste management news service Euwid, the price of mixed used paper jumped from €2.50 per tonne last year to €85 per tonne this March, daily Financial Times Deutschland reported. Meanwhile some businesses are paying up to €120 per tonne for used paper that is immediately available.

“It is conceivable that it will come to a supply shortfall,” head of Karl Knauer cardboard product producer Richard Kammerer warned the newspaper.

Other industry professionals said getting their hands on the material they once took for granted is becoming increasingly difficult, and the problem is set to reach companies from online delivery to department store chains and name brand companies.

And while Kammerer said delivery times have gone up by six to reach 12 weeks in some cases, packaging producers already raised their prices by about 10 percent in March, with another increase of between five and 10 percent expected this summer.

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According to the newspaper, the sector was simply not prepared for an increase in demand following the financial crisis when cardboard producers cut back on production.

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Your comments about this article

13:03 April 13, 2010 by danyang
anyway, packaging industry is the enemy of environment, it deserves a reasonable limited
14:23 April 13, 2010 by Clapoti
I don't know if it has anything to do with that... but according to the number of useless paper people receive every weeks here in Germany it no wonder that there's a lack of paper... I'm receiving more papers (bill, advertisements...) here in a month than what I was getting in a full year in Canada.
15:18 April 13, 2010 by William Thirteen
"Bitte keine Werbung und kein Wochenblatt"
17:04 April 15, 2010 by Bensonradar
Perhaps the recession is causing people to throw away less paper as they are buying fewer goods in stores that come with paper packaging.

Good for the environment, bad for busieness.
18:56 April 18, 2010 by aceroni
I totally agree with Clapoti, the amount of crap in my physical mailbox is worse than that in my e-mail account, but I doubt that just writing "bitte keine Werbug" on it would do the job
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