European Recovered Paper Council



Innovative Projects in Paper Recycling Awarded

The European Recovered Paper Council recognised the most innovative paper recycling projects last night when MEP Eija-Riitta KORHOLA (EPP, Finnland) presented the Third Annual European Paper Recycling Awards at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The event hosted by Eija-Riitta KORHOLA, MEP and Vice President of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, and Ulrich Höke, ERPC chairman, saw three winners receive their prize and those highly commended receive a certificate of recognition.

The winners are:

Technology Improvement & R&D category: ‘ProjectCLEAN’ by Palwaste Recycling and ‘New Possibilities for Process Control’ by PTS

ProjectCLEAN is a highly innovative project that was set up with one purpose in mind: to develop a recycling solution for an omnipresent waste stream that went unrecycled: so-called “plastic-aluminium laminates”. Stora Enso Barcelona and the engineering firm Alucha noticed the recycling problem of the laminates early on. In 2005 they set up a joint company “PALWaste Recycling” which launched ProjectCLEAN. Goal of the project: To use jointly developed technology and build and operate Europe’s 1st facility that can fully recycle beverage cartons.

The “New Possibilities for Process Control by NIR Monitoring of Recovered Paper” project used for the first time an online NIR measurement system to determine several important qualitative and quantitative parameters of recovered paper in a paper mill. Online measurements allowed the observation of the real changes in composition of recovered paper as it was not possible before. The measurements are done over the whole conveyor belt with a spatial resolution of 4 cm allowing to evaluate the complete recovered paper stream and not only random samples like other manual and visual methods.

The results of the research project can be used to bring about improved consistency and economy of the overall process in the deinking plant and ultimately enhanced product quality.

Information & Education category: ‘Be Part of Birmingham’s Paper Chain’, Smurfit Kappa

This project is the result of a close working partnership between Smurfit Kappa Recycling (SKR) and Birmingham City Council (BCC) since 1993 which operates on a rolling contract basis. Since the partnership between Smurfit Kappa Recycling and Birmingham City Council was first formed in 1993 the amount of paper recovered from the waste stream for recycling has increased from 750 tonnes to around 40,000 tonnes per year today.

The project is innovative because the partnership not only works on a day to day basis, but also works to provide information jointly to customers. The ‘Be part of Birmingham’s Paper Chain’ campaign was a partnership project between WRAP (Waste and Recycling Action Programme), BCC and SKR.

BCC reached the target recycling rate of 32% in 2010/11. Birmingham also collected 73.5 kg of paper per household compared to the average of 53.62 kg per household in other cities in the UK. Since October 2010, the Recycling Liaison Officer has visited 80 site schools and 27 community groups. This lead to increased recycling in these schools and 13 schools started to recycle for the first time.

In addition to these winners several projects were highly commended:


Technical Improvement & R&D category

  • Van Gansewinkel Group
  • Fujifilm Europe GmbH
  • Vertaris
  • Goma-Camps Group
  • Xerox Corporation.

Information & Education category

  • Antalis McNaughton Ltd
  • Deutsche Post DHL
  • Comieco
  • Green Press Partnership

“New Recycling activities and projects are started on a daily basis in Europe and the European Paper Recycling Awards acknowledge the best of them. At the same time it allows us to maintain a repository of good ideas that can be copied and adapted in other countries, companies or regions.” explained Ulrich Höke, Chairman of the ERPC.

“The entrants in this year’s competition show that there is a huge wealth of talent working in Europe to improve paper recycling and to bring us closer to a recycling society. We were very impressed by the quality of all the entrants and congratulate the winners on their achievements. We also hope that those who were not so lucky in this year’s competition will continue to develop their activities and promote paper as a wonderfully useful and sustainable product,” he concluded.



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For more information, please contact the ERPC Secretariat, Jori Ringman, at
+32 2 627 49 19, +32 478 255070, or visit



Notes to Editor:


  • The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) was set up after the successful launch of the first ‘European Declaration on Paper Recovery’ as an industry own-initiative in November 2000 with the aim to monitor the progress made towards meeting the targets set out in the European Declaration. In 2006 and now in 2011 the industry committed itself to meet new voluntary recycling rate targets. The current target is set at 70% in EU 27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2015, which is higher than in any other region in the world. It also includes qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, eco-design, and research and development.


  • ERPC monitors the progress of the European Declaration openly and transparently and co-ordinates the joint work to achieve the set targets. Additionally, ERPC:
    • coordinates the commitments of all the Signatories and Supporters.
    • takes steps to improve the quality of the information available.
    • discusses all relevant matters regarding the successful operation of the European Declaration.
    • coordinates public information on the achievements of the European Declaration
    • produces annual reports.
    • Members of ERPC are CEPI, CITPA, ERPA, ETS, INGEDE, INTERGRAF, FEPE. Supporters include the EADP, EuPIA, FEICA, FINAT, RADTECH Europe. The European Commission, DG Environment and DG Enterprise, are permanent observers to ERPC.


  • Previous Declarations and monitoring reports can be downloaded from or you can request  paper copies by contacting the ERPC


  • For more information on “Be Part of Birmingham’s Paper Chain”, Smurfit Kappa please contact: Ian Halson at



  • For more information on “New Possibilities for Process Control” by PTS, please contact: Gerhard Gärtner at
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