- EU: 2 tonnes of paper is recycled every second!
- EU: 71.7% paper recycling rate was achieved in 2012 – a world record!
- EU: The forest area grows by 4.221 football pitches per day!
- EU: Over 90% of paper recycling mills operate certified EMS to high environmental standards
- Every EU citizen is part of the paper recycling loop. Cities are an urban forest!
- Paper is 90% European in raw materials – closing the loop in recycling is vital!
Thursday, 3 October 2013
Two organisations awarded for innovative efforts in paper recycling
Yesterday, the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) announced the winners of the fourth European Paper Recycling awards. The well-attended ceremony took place at the European Parliament and was hosted by ALDE MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, who opened the event. "With the increasing world population resource efficiency is no luxury. It's a necessity to stay competitive. For now the EU is still the world leader concerning paper recycling. But if we want to stay in that position we need to set paper collection targets when the EU waste legislation is being reviewed next year", he stated.
Thursday, 29 August 2013
Today the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) announced an impressive 71.7% paper recycling rate for Europe. In their annual monitoring report the ERPC revealed that current paper consumption in Europe has dropped by 13% to the level of 1998, but the recycled amount of paper is 1.5 times higher than in 1998 - a remarkable achievement.
The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) was set up after the launch of the First European Declaration on Paper Recovery in November 2000 with the aim to monitor the progress made towards meeting the targets set out in the European Declaration.
Paper Recovery & Recycling in Europe
- Promoting paper recovery and recycling across Europe
- Answering questions concerning paper recovery and recycling in Europe
- Ensuring consistent and accurate supply of information on paper recovery and recycling in Europe
- Helping you understand what paper recovery and recycling is all about
- Explaining how you can help
Why recycle paper?
Because it makes sense from an economic and ecologic standpoint. Paper recycling is perceived by the public as being the most effective way to reduce environmental impacts of using paper. For the industry, recycled fibres are an indispensable source of raw materials, supporting industry’s resource efficiency.
Thousands of years of tradition!
Paper has always been recycled to produce new paper. The growth in collection was initially modest and varied greatly between countries in Europe. Paper recycling boomed in the 1990s. Back in 1990 the recycling rate was around 40% compared to 50% 10 years later, and 72% in 2009.