China announces it will increase its paper recycling rate to 72.1% from 71.5%, while boosting paper and paperboard output to 116 million tonnes and consumption to 114.7 million tonnes during Five-Year Plan period of 2011-2015

LOS ANGELES , January 9, 2012 () –

By 2015, China will raise its paper recycling rate to 72.1% from 71.5% while expanding its paper and paperboard output, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced on Monday, reported China Daily on Jan. 9.

During its 12th Five-Year Plan, which runs from 2011 to 2015, China’s paper industry is expected to increase its production to 116 million tonnes, according to a statement from the ministry.

The sector will also eliminate 10 million tonnes of obsolete capacity by 2015, which will further reduce the country’s pollution, according to the government’s plan.

Under pressure involving the environment, energy and resources, China is working to quickly restructure its paper sector, the ministry stated in the statement, which was posted on the ministry’s website.

China’s domestic paper and paperboard consumption is forecast to reach 114.7 million tonnes in 2015, which represents a yearly increase of 4.6% during the 2011-2015 period, according to the statement.

The primary source of this article is China Daily, Beijing, China, on Jan. 9, 2012.


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