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  • Test Exemptions now included in deinking scorecard

    Monday, 16 January 2017

    The recently-revised deinkability scorecard by the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) now includes an annex listing exemptions to the deinkability test. With this annex, the widely-used deinkability scorecard takes account of those printing technologies and material combinations that are sure to deliver good deinkability results, based on past experiences. Testing remains a requirement for processes and material combinations for which there is not enough experience on their deinkability behaviour. The annex will be subject to future revisions based on new data.

  • Paper Recycling Chain exceeds its voluntary commitment

    Thursday, 20 October 2016

    European Paper Recycling at 71.5% in 2015

    The paper recycling rate in Europe reached an impressive 71.5% as announced by the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) in their final monitoring report for 2015. Compared to 2010, collection and recycling has increased by almost one million tonnes of paper. This is due in part to the excellent work of the ERPC.

About ERPC

The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) was set up after the launch of the First European Declaration on Paper Recovery in November 2000 with the aim to monitor the progress made towards meeting the targets set out in the European Declaration.

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Paper Recovery & Recycling in Europe

  • Promoting paper recovery and recycling across Europe
  • Answering questions concerning paper recovery and recycling in Europe
  • Ensuring consistent and accurate supply of information on paper recovery and recycling in Europe
  • Helping you understand what paper recovery and recycling is all about
  • Explaining how you can help

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  • Why recycle paper?

    Because it makes sense from an economic and ecologic standpoint. Paper recycling is perceived by the public as being the most effective way to reduce environmental impacts of using paper. For the industry, recycled fibres are an indispensable source of raw materials, supporting industry’s resource efficiency.

  • Thousands of years of tradition!

    Paper has always been recycled to produce new paper. The growth in collection was initially modest and varied greatly between countries in Europe. Paper recycling boomed in the 1990s. Back in 1990 the recycling rate was around 40% compared to 50% 10 years later, and 72% in 2009.

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