The annual global paper & paperboard production was approximately 382 million tonnes in 2006 and 402 million tonnes in 2010. It is expected to reach 490 million tonnes in 2020. As per ITC & Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association (IARPMA) the projected demand for fresh paper will be reached by 21 million tonnes with in next few years. In India per capita paper consumption has increased up to 9.18 kg in 2009-10 as compared to 8.3 kg during 2008-09. Due to the economy growth in India per capita paper consumption will be expected to reach near to 20 kg by 2020.
As per above data and research by ITS & IARPMA per year paper consumption or requirement is increasing by 8% to 9%. For that paper industry need millions of trees, required millions letters of water, hug requirement of energy and creating tons of Carbon. All these factors impact directly on environment & global warming.
In India we produce approximately 14.6 million tonnes of waste paper every year out of that we recycle only 26% where as Germany recycle 80%, Sweden recycle 69%, Japan recycle 60 % and USA recycle 49% according to the IARPMA estimates.