European paper recycling rate at 71.7% in 2013, flat from 2012 but up 45% since 1998; total amount of paper collected and recycled in Europe last year stable at just over 57 million tonnes, despite declining paper consumption, reports ERPC
June 25, 2014
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The paper recycling rate in Europe reached 71.7% in 2013. The total amount of paper collected and recycled in the European paper sector remains stable at just over 57 million tonnes, despite decreasing paper consumption in Europe.
The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000 to monitor progress towards meeting the paper recycling targets set out in the 2000 European Declaration on Paper Recycling. Since then the commitments in the Declaration are renewed every five years.
In 2011, the ERPC committed itself to meeting and maintaining both a voluntary recycling rate 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.
Industry Intelligence Inc. editor's note: In an omitted graph, the European paper recycling rate in 2012 was shown as 71.7%. Click here to view full press release.