Australia’s white paper industry is dead, leaving rural communities to pick through the pulp (

The last remaining manufacturer Opal will cease production of Reflex at the Maryvale mill, with up to 200 jobs in doubt

The M5 occupies a shed nearly half a kilometre long, turning forest pulp into tonnes of Reflex white copy paper daily. Last financial year it produced 116,000 tonnes of copy paper for the domestic market, plus 88,000 tonnes for export.

In December it was switched off indefinitely. Workers signed the final roll with “last one” and “RIP M5”. The mill produced its last ream of copy paper in January.

On Tuesday Reflex’s manufacturer, Opal, announced it would close the M5 and cease Reflex paper production permanently. Its packaging lines of brown kraft paper and paperboard will continue.
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