New data from the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) shows that recycling of fibre by paper manufacturers in Europe has stayed stable.
CEPI’s Preliminary Statistics 2014 shows that the use of paper for recycling by CEPI members was unchanged at 47.5 million tonnes when compared with 2013.
While the use of recycled paper in the graphic sector continued to fall as in recent years, this was offset by more positive use of recycled fibre in both the packaging paper and board sector.
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The report showed that demand for newsprint in Europe is expected to fall by around 7% over 2013.
But packaging grades are estimated to have increased by 1.9% when compared to 2013.
However, after three years of decline, it appears that the overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI countries increased by between 0.5% and 1% compared to 2013. This is despite the challenging economic conditions in Europe.
View the full report at http://www.cepi.org/node/18818