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  • Paper recycling in Europe at 71.7%

    Wednesday, 25 June 2014

    A reliable performance secures access to valuable raw material

    The paper recycling rate in Europe reached 71.7% in 2013. The total amount of paper collected and recycled in the European paper sector remains stable at just over 57 million tonnes, despite decreasing paper consumption in Europe.


  • Think before you shred - A poster

    Tuesday, 1 April 2014

    We’ve all shredded pieces of paper before throwing them in the recycling bin, sometimes simply as a habit. What a lot of us do not know is that shredding shortens paper fibres. Why is that bad?, you might ask. The answer is simple. The longer the fibre, the more valuable the paper is for the recycling process.

    When it comes to what should and shouldn’t be shredded, keep this in mind: if the paper has sensitive information on it, shred it; if not, don’t. The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) has recently published a new poster illustrating this principle.

About ERPC

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.

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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

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  • 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.

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