European Recovered Paper Council



  • 16 JAN 2017

    Test Excemptions now included in deinking scorecard

    The recently-revised deinkability scorecard by the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) now includes an annex listing exemptions to the deinkability test. With this annex, the widely-used deinkability scorecard takes account of those printing technologies and material combinations that are sure to deliver good deinkability results, based on past experiences. Testing remains a requirement for processes and material combinations for which there is not enough experience on their deinkability behaviour. The annex will be subject to future revisions based on new data.

    “The ERPC approach to deinkability, i.e. by testing and assessing results with a scorecard on the one hand and by exempting certain paper / printing technology combinations on the other hand is an effective way to secure high quality recycling while being cost-effective for the producers of printed products” says Henri Vermeulen, ERPC Chairman.


    Recent suggestions that the European Commission would not extend EU Ecolabel for tissue paper and newsprint among others give reason to believe that other paper-related Ecolabels are also under threat. These could include the Ecolabel on printed paper products, where deinkability is one criterion. “Deinking is an important part of the recycling process and therefore a key issue for the sustainability of printed paper products. The EU Ecolabel is a strong supporter of their recycling and their recyclability. We urge the policymakers to recognise the tangible value of the EU Ecolabel” says Ulrich Leberle, ERPC secretary.

    The new deinking scorecard with the annex is available at:

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  • 13 APR 2015

    Revised deinking scorecard to boost print product recyclability

    The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) has adopted a revised version of its deinking scorecard, first published in 2008. The scorecard assesses the deinkability of a printed product, based on the results of the widely-accepted “INGEDE Method 11” laboratory deinking test procedure, developed by the International Association of the Deinking Industry (INGEDE).

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  • 15 JAN 2015

    Henri Vermeulen takes on ERPC chairmanship

    The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Henri Vermeulen as chairman, taking over from Beatrice Klose (Intergraf). Mr Vermeulen is Vice President Paper for Recycling of the Smurfit Kappa Group and represents CEPI in the EPRC. His ERPC chairmanship began on 1 January 2015 and he will remain in this position until the end of 2016.

    The ERPC was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000 to monitor the progress towards meeting the paper recycling targets set out in the 2000 European Declaration on Paper Recycling. In 2011, the ERPC committed itself to meeting and maintaining both the voluntary recycling target of 70% in the EU-27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2015 as well as qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, ecodesign, and research and development.

    “The ERPC has been very successful in carrying out qualitative actions on paper recovery, to improve the quality of paper for recycling in Europe. The challenge is to maintain the current high collection and recycling volumes in Europe, despite changing paper consumption patterns”, said Mr Vermeulen.

    Mr Vermeulen is 49 years of age and holds a master’s degree in Law from Maastricht University. Since 1997, he is responsible in Europe for all recovered paper activities, first at Kappa Packaging and since 2005 for the merged Smurfit Kappa group. In this function he is involved in many different entities throughout Europe, from operating recovered paper companies to industrial associations like CEPI, where he chaired the Recycling & Product committee for several years. He is married with two children and has the Dutch Nationality.

    For more information, please contact the ERPC Secretariat, Ulrich Leberle, at +32 2 627 49 23, or visit

    Notes to Editor:
    ERPC monitors the progress of the European Declaration openly and transparently and coordinates the joint work to achieve the set targets. Additionally, ERPC coordinates the commitments of all the Signatories and Supporters.
    Members of ERPC are CEPI, CITPA, EMFA, ERPA, ETS, FEPE, INGEDE, INTERGRAF, ACE. Supporters are EuPIA, FINAT, RADTECH Europe. The European Commission, DG Environment and DG Enterprise, are permanent observers of the ERPC.

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  • 01 JUN 2006

    Guidelines for Responsible Sourcing and Supply of Recovered Paper

    CEPI only

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  • 02 SEP 2004

    Responsible Management of Recovered Paper: Best Practices, Recovered Paper Baling Conditions

    Joint CEPI and ERPA guidelines

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  • 02 SEP 2004

    Responsible Management of Recovered Paper: Recovered Paper Quality Control Guidelines

    Joint CEPI and ERPA guidelines

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  • 02 SEP 2004

    Responsible Management of Recovered Paper: CEPI Guidelines for Paper Mills for the Control of Content of Unusable Materials in Recovered Paper

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  • 02 SEP 2004

    Responsible Management of Recovered Paper: CEPI Guidelines for Paper Mills for the Control of Moisture Content in Recovered Paper

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  • 02 SEP 2004

    Responsible Management of Recovered Paper: Guidelines on Responsible Sourcing and Quality Control

    CEPI Introduction

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  • 01 JUL 2002

    EN 643

    European List of Standard Grades of Recovered Paper and Board

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