European paper value chain saw recycling rate of 71.4% in 2021

EPRC chair Annick Carpentier

The European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) has said that 71.4% of paper and board consumed in Europe was recycled in 2021.

In its 2021 Monitoring Report, EPRC published this data for the first time and plans to do so each year.


EPRC has a target of 76% of all paper and board being recycled by 2030.

Representing the paper manufacturing industry, and its value chain, EPRC also noted that the amount of paper and board collected increased by 2% to 57.1 million tonnes in Europe.

The organisation is comprised of a number of trade associations that represent different aspects of the paper and board manufacturing sector, including the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment and the Confederation of Paper Industries among others.

EPRC chair Annick Carpentier said: “Through our extensive monitoring, the industry, policymakers and all interested parties are informed regularly and transparently about the progresses in paper recycling made by the value chain, and what it undertakes to reach its targets.”