European Paper Recycling Rate Reaches 71.5%

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

The 2015 European paper recycling rate of 71.5% is 1.5% higher than the target set by the ERPC in the 3rd European Declaration on Paper Recycling for the period 2010-2015.
"The efforts of the ERPC perfectly complement EU policy on Circular Economy. The paper fiber loop can serve as the perfect model for circularity," said ERPC Chairman Henri Vermeulen. "All 13 ERPC associations are proud to be part of a value chain ‘Made in Europe,’ prolonging value creation and job opportunities," he noted.

In addition to the quantitative progress, a lot of qualitative work was done, particularly with initiatives to facilitate the recycling process and increase recycling activity. These notably include collection and applying ecodesign to paper products.

For the commitment period of 2011 to 2015, EU has independently verified the recycling rate calculations. Currently, a new ambitious commitment for 2016-2020 is being prepared. This will keep the industry moving on its path towards ever-higher recycling rates.

For more information, contact the ERPC Secretariat, Ulrich Leberie. More information also is available online.