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Paper recycling rates hit new heights, says ERPC

Record paper recycling rates of 63.4% have been announced alongside a commitment to keep raising the targets, by the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC). In its 2006 monitoring report the organisation, which reports on the European Declaration on Paper Recycling, found that 58.2 million tonnes of paper and board were recycled in Europe in 2006. This is an increase of 5.7 million tonnes (9.8%) since 2004, the base year for the target. Last year 13 different sectors in the paper value chain pledged their support for the new European Declaration on Paper Recycling covering all paper and board products. The aim is to ensure systems are in place to push the European paper recycling rate to 66% by 2010. ERPC chairman Anders Hildeman said: Our members have made focused efforts over the past year to boost the recovery and recycling rates of paper and board in Europe and I believe the result speaks for itself. A part of this is the continuing work in educating and training people about the importance of ecodesign to increase recyclability. We are all committed to further develop this cooperation and complementary actions which will help us reach our target of 66% in 2010.

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