14th Oct 2015
Monitoring report 2014
The recycling rate in Europe reached 71.7% in 2014, a notable progress considering the changing consumption patterns.
In a year to year comparison, the total amount of paper collected and recycled in the paper sector has increased by 0.7% to just under 58 million tonnes, while paper consumption has increased by 1.2%.
In a longer term perspective, recycling has increased by 45% (18 million tonnes) since 1998, the base year for the first voluntary commitment set in the European Declaration on Paper Recycling. In strong contrast, although consumption also increased between 1998 and 2007, it has since dropped back to initial levels.
A net volume of 8.6 million tonnes (15%) of the total 58 million tonnes was bought by third countries for recycling outside the commitment region of EU-28 plus Norway and Switzerland, mainly by China.