- EU: 2 tonnes of paper is recycled every second!
- EU: 70% paper recycling rate was achieved in 2011 – 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!
Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Paper recycling initiatives are invited to apply for the fourth European Paper Recycling Award. NGOs, educational institutes, local authorities and industry have implemented many innovative projects to enhance paper recycling all over Europe but these initiatives are generally not well known. By promoting these initiatives and raising their profile with an award the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) recognises these efforts and hopes to inspire others to copy good practices. The award will identify projects, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to Europe’s sustainability through activities supporting paper recycling.
Monday, 21 January 2013
The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Beatrice Klose as next chairperson. Ms Klose is the Secretary General of Intergraf - the European Association representing print and digital communications, one of the member organisations of the ERPC. She started her ERPC chairmanship on 1 January 2013 and will keep the position until end 2014.
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.