European paper recycling has reached 70.4% according to industry figures.
The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC), in its annual monitoring report based on data from members, said the total amount of paper collected remained stable in 2011 at 58 million tonnes, the same as previous years. This is an increase of 18 million tonnes since the 1998 base year for the industry’s voluntary recycling commitment.
The recycling rate increased 18% points since 2000, the ERPC said.
- 70.4% European recycling rate
- 58 million tonnes collected and recycled
- 9.2 million tonnes: net volume of paper imported for recycling from outside the EU plus Switzerland and Norway
- 13 countries exceed 70% recycling rate
- 12 countries below 60% recycling rate
- 3.4: average recycling of paper fibres in Europe in 2011
- 418 recycling mills in Europe – 40% of all paper mills
The report also detailed a review of the EN 643 European List of Standard Grades of Recovered Paper and Board submitted by ERPC and the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Service (FEAD) to the European Committee for Standardisation. The final revised list is due to be published in spring 2013.