IMPACT - Introduction and Improvement of Separate Paper Collection to avoid landfilling and incineration

IMPACT - Introduction and Improvement of Separate Paper Collection to avoid landfilling and incineration


CEPI, together with 24 more partners participate in the IMPACT project. The aim of this project is to offer municipalities best practices and advice in the separate collection of paper from the municipal waste stream (mainly households and small shops) to support them in phasing out landfilling and incineration. Targeted municipalities are in regions with paper recycling rates below 60%, particularly Poland (38,5%) and Romania (53,5%), as well as areas where commingled collection is pre-dominant such as in France and in the United Kingdom. In the second half, the project will be extended to other countries with low collection rates or predominance of comingled collection. The diversion of recyclable paper from landfilling will help local authorities meet the targets of the EU landfill directive. EU Member States highly depending on landfill have to respect a target to reduce the share of biodegradable waste going to landfill to 35% by 2020.

Main Project objectives:

• Increase the availability of paper for recycling for the European paper industry

• Increase the recycling rates for paper in countries with a recycling rate below 60%, particularly in Poland and Romania

• Support the implementation of separate collection in areas where comingled collection is predominant

Project events:

24 June 2014, Warsaw, Poland: Circular Economy: How to improve paper recycling in Poland?

About the European Innovation Partnerships on Raw Materials

The European Innovation Partnerships (EIPs) are a new approach to EU research and innovation. They focus on the societal benefits of R + I and a rapid modernisation of the associated sectors and markets. European Innovation Partnerships (EIP) were launched under the European Commission's Innovation Union to accelerate the market take-up of innovations which address key challenges for Europe.

 The ultimate aim of the EIP on Raw Materials is to help raise industry's contribution to the EU GDP to around 20% by 2020. It will also play an important role in meeting the objectives of the flagship European Commission initiatives ‘Innovation Union’ and ‘Resource Efficient Europe’. It will do this by ensuring the sustainable supply of raw materials to the European economy whilst increasing benefits for society as a whole.

Useful Links:

European Commission European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials website

European Commission page on the IMPACT Project

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