- 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, 2 April 2015
Today the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) launched a call for candidates for the 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards. The awards will identify projects, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to Europe’s sustainability through activities supporting paper recycling. Winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony taking place at the European Parliament on 14 October.
Thursday, 15 January 2015
The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Henri Vermeulen as chairman, taking over from Beatrice Klose (Intergraf). Mr Vermeulen is Vice President Paper for Recycling of the Smurfit Kappa Group and represents CEPI in the EPRC. His ERPC chairmanship began on 1 January 2015 and he will remain in this position until the end of 2016.
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.