European Recovered Paper Council


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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