Guide

Paper manufacturing efficient design and resource use

Introduction

The paper and cardboard industry uses significant quantities of resources such as raw materials and water, as well as much of the recovered waste paper that is collected in the UK. The industry includes paper and paperboard manufacturers, and businesses that produce paper and paperboard products. It also includes businesses that carry out finishing activities, such as coating, covering, laminating and embossing paper or cardboard.

Using resources efficiently in your paper and cardboard production business will save you money and could reduce your impact on the environment. You may also be able to introduce new technologies to make your processes more efficient and reduce your environmental impact.

This guide describes your responsibilities if you produce packaging or dispose of packaging waste. It provides guidance on managing your environmental performance, using environmental labels and making environmental claims, and business innovation and product development. It also includes guidance on using raw materials, using water efficiently and reducing, reusing and recycling waste.