France reclassifies recovered paper as product instead of waste under its end-of-waste law, potentially streamlining exports; recovered paper must meet European EN 643 standards, such as being good quality, containing non-paper contents at maximum of 1.5%

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LOS ANGELES , January 19, 2022 () –

As part of the nation’s end-of-waste legislation, French regulators have recategorized recovered paper as a product instead of as waste, Euwid reported on Jan. 19. 

To achieve product status in France, recovered paper and cartonboard must meet the European EN 643 list of standards, which includes containing no more than 1.5 percent of non-paper contents, among other criteria for sufficient quality.

However, the EU still classifies recovered paper as waste. Proposals to reclassify recovered paper from being waste have also proven controversial. The waste management association Federec supports France’s reclassification since it could streamline European exports of recovered paper. On the other hand, the paper trade group Copacel has disagreed with parts of the legislation as detrimental to the paper industry. 

The primary source for this article is Euwid, Gernsbach, Germany, published Jan. 19, 2022. To read the original article, click here. (Full access may require a subscription.)

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