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European Paper Recycling Awards 2019

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The seventh edition of the European Paper Recycling Awards is approaching! We are accepting applications until 8 December. You can submit yours here.

The awards ceremony will take place on 21 January 2020 in the European Parliament in Brussels.

Jury members for the 2019 edition of the European Paper Recycling Awards:

Angelika Christ
EPRC Chairperson

 

Angelika Christ was appointed as a chair of EPRC for a two years period starting as of 4 April 2019. She has been the Secretary General of FEFCO since 2007 and the Secretary General of CITPA since 2014.

She has been involved in associations of corrugated board manufacturers for over 20 years, first in Germany and then at the European level. Prior to FEFCO, she was the Managing Director of the German Association of Corrugated Board Industries (VDW) from 1996 until 2007. Her first professional experience was with the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI), where she executed various positions from 1980-1996.

Jytte Guteland
Member of the European Parliament

 

Jytte Guteland is a Swedish politician and Member of the European Parliament from Sweden. She is a member of the Social Democrats, part of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats.

She holds a master’s degree in Economics from Södertörn University. She was a member of the national executive board of the Social Democratic Youth League from 2005 to 2007 with responsibility for the welfare issues. She was chairperson of the Social Democratic Youth League from 2007 to 2011.  Jytte Guteland was elected to the European Parliament during the 2014 European Parliament election in Sweden. She has since been serving on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.

ASPAPEL

 

ASPAPEL, the Spanish Association of Pulp and Paper Manufacturers is the 2017 winner of EPRC Awards, Information and Education category.

Blue Birdies is a tool developed by ASPAPEL for Spanish municipalities aimed at improving separate collection of paper and board and achieving the recycling targets set by the Waste Directive.
Each municipality is assessed according to the number of aims achieved per year, and rewarded with a certain number of Blue Birdies (paper birds). On the basis of an objective scoring system, municipalities receive special recognition consisting of one, two or three Blue Birdies that they may keep, increase or lose the following year.

ASPAPEL will be represented by David Barrio and Andrea Orallo.

 

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The European Paper Recycling Award distinguishes between two main categories to ensure a fair comparison among the different entries.

  • Information and Education: We are looking for projects and initiatives that were set up to raise awareness on paper recycling among a specific target group. Examples: a paper recycling school campaign, a municipality awareness-raising programme on sorting paper for recycling etc.
  • Technology Improvement and R&D: This category includes innovative projects to improve paper recycling technology.

Eligible projects, initiatives or campaigns will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance and originality
  • Achievements
  • Possibility to reproduce the project
  • Cost effectiveness

To apply, please click check the Application section.

You can apply for the European Paper Recycling Awards 2019 here.

There are five previous editions of the European Paper Recycling Awards, which take place every 2 years.

Past winners and commended entries include the following:

  • Aalto University and VTT (Technical Research Centre of Finland) with a new, innovative process for turning paper for recycling and cardboard into textile fibres called Ioncell-F (Finland)
  • Szkoła Podstawowa nr 11a, a primary school in the Tychy region of Poland for their project Literatura za Makulature (Literature for Paper for Recycling) . In order to encourage children to get involved in paper recycling, the school invited famous Polish authors to meet its pupils, paying for their participation with money raised from selling the paper for recycling brought to school by the children. The initiative is unique not only in Tychy but in Poland. (Poland)
  • Ecofolio,  a non-profit organisation that manages the end-of-life-processes of graphic paper products on behalf of the French government. Their winning project was The Modulated Eco-Contribution Scale, an innovative tool to promote recycling by adjusting paper-related eco-contributions paid by paper products editors. (France)
  • The Education project Papier & Karton, a digital school programme developed by Papierenkarton.nl and Klasse TV. The programme aims to stimulate recycling, creativity and awareness of the suistainable features of paper and board amongst children of 10 to 12 years of age and to involve children in re-use and recycling of paper and board. (The Netherlands)
  • The project “Recycling of Energy and FILLers from Sludge”, aiming to provide a sustainable solution for the paper industry’s biggest waste flow: deinking and paper sludge. Project REFILLS was launched by Alucha, a technology company that specialises in advanced recycling solutions for difficult waste streams. In 2014, SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, joined the project. (The Netherlands)
  • Alcorcón municipality in Spain. Their project improved paper and board collection by distributing paper bins in all schools in the district. The project aims to increase both the amount of paper collected as well as environmental awareness among children. (Spain)
  • Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG with a new technology called LowEnergyFlotation (LEF). Newly developed injectors are at the heart of the LEF. Together with the modified pumps, they enable energy consumption to be reduced by up to 50% in the flotation. Subsequently, paper mills not only save energy but also achieve significant financial savings. (Germany)

Photos from the 2015 awards ceremony

Photos from the 2013 awards ceremony

What is the deadline for submitting entries?
The deadline is 8 December 2019.
How are the entries judged?
Entries will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance and originality
  • Achievements
  • Possibility to reproduce the project
  • Cost effectiveness

How do I submit my entry?
Entries must be submitted online using the form linked in the Application tab on this page.
May I submit supporting materials?
Yes, supporting materials can be submitted by uploading them together with your online application form. Alternatively, you can send material to erpc@cepi.org
Is there a fee to submit an entry?
No, there is no fee to enter the European Paper Recycling Awards.
How many awards are distributed?
The ERPC will give one award for each of the following categories:

  • Information and education
  • Technology improvement and R&D

Are foreign-based recycling programs eligible to win the Paper Recycling Awards?
No, only European-based business, community, and school recycling programs are eligible for the European Recycling Awards.

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