European paper recycling rate rises to 72%

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The European paper recycling rate increased from 71.7% in 2018 to 72% in 2019, data from the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) shows.

Paper for recycling was maintained at high levels, according to EPRC, despite a decrease in paper and board consumption in Europe.

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The sharp decline in Chinese demand for European paper was balanced by increased demand from other countries such as Turkey and India.

EPRC chairwoman Angelika Christ said: “The increase to 72% shows that paper recycling is not only a promise, but is already today a model for circularity and a strong contributor to the European Green Deal.”

Now EPRC will monitor the development of the recycling rate for European paper and its progress towards meeting a 74% recycling target in 2020.

Founded in 2000, EPRC committed itself to the voluntary 74% recycling rate by 2020 and includes the EU27 plus Switzerland and Norway.

Signatories of the EPRC are ACE, CEPI, CITPA, EMFA, ETS, EuRIC, FEPE, INGEDE and INTERGRAF.

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