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10 Sep.2013 ,

End-of-Waste = End of recycling?

European Commission proposes end of recycling

The European Commission proposal on End-of-Waste (EoW) criteria for paper fails to address the objectives of increasing the quality and availability of paper for recycling and will have an adverse impact on making Europe a resource efficient recycling society.

Europeans are champions in paper recycling - but for how long? In 2012, 71.7% of paper consumed in Europe was recycled. Used paper has become the single most important raw material for the European paper industry with some mills being completely reliant on it for their feedstock. The Commission proposal threatens Europe’s ability to maintain its recycling rates for paper, let alone improve them.

The European Commission’s End-of-Waste criteria for paper move the recycling and EoW point from its current location at the paper mill to an earlier stage in the collection. As a result of this move ‘recycled paper’ will be unusable without further reprocessing.

The Commission cannot demonstrate any environmental benefit for doing this. As a result the European paper industry fears the new legislation risks a lower quality of paper for recycling and poses a threat to current high levels of paper recycling. In fact, as the Waste Shipment Regulation would no longer apply, environmental impact will be negative.

View pictures here: http://www.cepi.org/photogallery/endofwasteprotest

CEPI is displaying seven bales of paper for recycling in front of the European Commission’s Berlaymont building in Brussels.

“This is ‘recycled paper’, according to the Commission. CEPI challenges anyone to use it in their printer or to draft a legislative proposal on it”, remarked Jori Ringman, CEPI Recycling and Environment Director.

The amount of impurities in the output of end-of-waste would be 15,000 times higher than they are at this moment. Annually this will mean 1 million tonnes of impurities such as plastic bags allowed by the Commission in Europe. In addition, used paper that is no longer waste, shipped to countries outside of Europe would no longer be subject to equivalent environmental standards in the manufacture of paper products.

“With this proposal, the European Commission will be exporting pollution to the poor and importing unemployment to Europe”, said Jori Ringman, CEPI Recycling and Environment Director. “It all works against the idea of the EU becoming a resource efficient recycling society as well as against the re-industrialisation of Europe.”


For more information, pictures, video footage and interview requests, please contact Daniela Haiduc at d.haiduc@cepi.org, mobile: +32 473 562 936

Note to the Editor

Commission proposal for end-of-waste
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=COM:2013:0502:FIN:EN:PDF

European Paper Recycling: monitoring report
http://www.paperforrecycling.eu/uploads/Modules/Publications/WEB_lowres_Monitoring%20report%202012.pdf

CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries
The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is a Brussels-based non-profit organisation regrouping the European pulp and paper industry and championing industry’s achievements and the benefits of its products. Through its 18 member countries (17 European Union members plus Norway) CEPI represents some 520 pulp, paper and board producing companies across Europe, ranging from small and medium sized companies to multi-nationals, and 950 paper mills. Together they represent 24% of world production.

 

Press briefing on 10 September, Brussels

 

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30 Aug.2013

ERPC Monitoring report 2012

The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) announced an impressive 71.7% paper recycling rate for Europe. In their annual monitoring report the ERPC revealed that current paper consumption in Europe has dropped by 13% to the level of 1998, but the recycled amount of paper is 1.5 times higher than in 1998 - a remarkable achievement.

Since 2000 the ERPC has worked consistently on improving the quantity and quality of paper available for recycling. The ERPC monitoring report releases extra insights into the wider context of paper recycling revealing that Europe is the global champion in this field. Furthermore, the ERPC reports that in Europe paper fibre is recycled an astounding 3.5 times a year; world-wide the average is 2.4 times. 

The report illustrates additional good news. The number of European countries with a recycling rate below 60% has decreased, whereas there are an established 13 countries where paper recycling rates exceed 70%. To increase paper recycling especially in Central Europe, several ERPC members are partners in EU funded projects working to improve collection systems in that region.

Commenting on the results of the report, ERPC Secretary Jori Ringman-Beck, said “The European paper value chain devotes huge efforts year after year to simplify paper recycling for citizens and consumers in offices and at home. The figures in the report prove that paper recycling is truly an industry “made in Europe”. And in line with EU policies it needs to be safeguarded to remain so.”

In addition, the ERPC will award innovative technology developments and information campaigns in paper recycling at the European Paper Recycling Awards. The event takes place on 2 October in the European Parliament. For more information please go to www.paperforrecycling.eu

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30 Aug.2013

Europe recycles 71.7% of paper and board used in 2012

The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) announced an impressive 71.7% paper recycling rate for Europe. In their annual monitoring report the ERPC revealed that current paper consumption in Europe has dropped by 13% to the level of 1998, but the recycled amount of paper is 1.5 times higher than in 1998 - a remarkable achievement. Since 2000 the ERPC has worked consistently on improving the quantity and quality of paper available for recycling. The ERPC monitoring report releases extra insights into the wider context of paper recycling revealing that Europe is the global champion in this field. Furthermore, the ERPC reports that in Europe paper fibre is recycled an astounding 3.5 times a year; world-wide the average is 2.4 times.

The report illustrates additional good news. The number of European countries with a recycling rate below 60% has decreased, whereas there are an established 13 countries where paper recycling rates exceed 70%. To increase paper recycling especially in Central Europe, several ERPC members are partners in EU funded projects working to improve collection systems in that region.

Commenting on the results of the report, ERPC Secretary Jori Ringman-Beck, said “The European paper value chain devotes huge efforts year after year to simplify paper recycling for citizens and consumers in offices and at home. The figures in the report prove that paper recycling is truly an industry “made in Europe”. And in line with EU policies it needs to be safeguarded to remain so.”

In addition, the ERPC will award innovative technology developments and information campaigns in paper recycling at the European Paper Recycling Awards. The event takes place on 2 October in the European Parliament. For more information please go to www.paperforrecycling.eu

View the monitoring report here.

 

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08 Jul.2013 ,

When being stingy became a competitive advantage

​Republished blog originally by Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa from UPM:

Natural resources are drying up all around the world as the population grows and standards of living improve. By 2030, there will be an additional three billion more consumers with a solid financial standing in the world.

The increased level of consumption gives rise to global concerns: climate change, decreased biodiversity, lack of clean water and rising prices of raw materials. The pressure to protect both renewable and fossil natural resources is increasing.
We all face these challenges together: individuals, companies, authorities and non-governmental organisations.

We should use natural resources sparingly to ensure that future generations will be able to live in a more sustainable world.
Using raw materials sparingly, or resource efficiency, has been discussed by leading enterprises of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and it is one of the flagship projects of EU's Europe 2020 strategy. The EU requires that its member states recycle, implement a vision to stop waste and introduce smart technologies.

The industrial policy of the future has reached a crossroads: will we achieve the resource efficiency and technological innovations by adopting stricter regulations, or should we promote them by introducing incentives? A workgroup that has drafted the Finnish vision for 2030 focusing on the sparing use of resources believes that regulation is the key. At the same time there is strong evidence from other parts of the world that taking the completely opposite approach works just as well: South Korea supports the development of green technology by means of major national investments.

Being stingy is not just about living sparingly: in the corporate world, it is also a competitive advantage. Large integrated industrial facilities improve their use of energy and raw materials by combining the know-how of various top experts – which is an important competitive advantage. Materials are the main cost item for industrial companies, which means that they tend to pay attention to how they use their raw materials.

By-products of lable is the raw material for ProFi deck.

For example, the forestry industry sees today's by-products and waste as tomorrow's raw materials. Materials that end their life in landfill usually amount to less than one percent of all the raw materials originally arriving at a mill. This approach has also led to innovations involving the replacement of non-renewable materials with renewable ones. Resource-efficient innovations have also been developed in the fields of logistics, technology and production.

 

UPM ProFi deck's wood-plastic composites are based on recycled material.

In the future, you will be able to choose which you want to use: products manufactured from fossil, renewable or recycled materials. Recycled materials are preferred by many, but products cannot be created based on recycling alone. For example, you can only recycle a newspaper seven times before you will need to use new fibres.
So how can Finland support the progressive industrial policy? The best approach from an industrial viewpoint is to encourage people to use both renewable and recyclable materials. We can create incentives for small companies, reduce the level of bureaucracy, reward businesses for green, responsible and transparent operations and allow them to engage in business more sensibly. Pioneers understand how important resource efficiency is, because common sense dictates that using resources based on the company's own means is the best way to cut costs.

Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, VP, Environmental Affairs, UPM
Chairperson of the European Resource Efficiency Platform
World Business Council for Sustainable Development, Liaison Delegate

The article has been published in the Finnish magazine Suomen Kuvalehti on 20 June 2013.

Originally published by UPM on UPM blog: http://www.upm.com/EN/MEDIA/upm-blog/Pages/When-being-stingy-became-a-competitive-advantage.aspx

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12 Jun.2013

Spanish Municipalities pledge support for recycling ‘made in Europe’

The declared commitment of Fuenlabrada town council and of the Association of Municipalities of the Costa del Sol are two good examples to demonstrate that the recent amendment to the Spanish Waste Act, which promotes recycling ‘made in Europe’, is beginning to bear fruit.


Fuenlabrada town council has recently unanimously approved a proposal in which it commits to recycling ‘made in Europe’ and pledges that all the paper and board collected in the town will be recycled in Spanish or European paper mills. Fuenlabrada, with a population of over 200,000, is one of the largest towns in the Greater Madrid area and also has one of the youngest populations of all Spanish cities.

On a similar note, the Association of Municipalities of the Western Costa del Sol has included a pioneer requirement in its new contract for paper and board collection services that the concessionaire delivers all waste paper and board it collects to a paper mill within the European Union and also submits supporting documents to guarantee traceability of that waste. The Association provides services such as separate paper and board collection to almost 460,000 inhabitants in the province of Malaga. It groups eleven town councils from the Costa del Sol, including resorts such as Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Mijas, Estepona...

The possibility of prioritising recycling within the European Union was set down for the first time in Spanish legislation for town councils through the 2011 Waste Act, and in November 2012, an amendment was included in the Law that extends the possibility of championing recycling ‘made in Europe’ to all producers or initial holders of recyclable waste.

Currently in Spain, any large retailer, bank, hotel chain, service company, municipal council... can legally require that the final recycling of its waste materials be carried out in European paper mills. This new legislation shields ‘made in Europe’ recycling and affords Spanish generators the ability to decide on the final destination of their waste.

By developing a European recycling society through such initiatives, the EU Commission estimates that over 400,000 jobs would be created in Europe by 2020.

Six good reasons for prioritising end recycling of waste within the European Union:
1. Enhancement of the European recycling industry.
2. Creation of green employment in Europe.
3. Reduction of emissions associated with transporting waste.
4. Guarantee that recycling meets European environmental requirements.
5. Creation of wealth in the same place as the effort and investment to recover waste have been made.
6. Improved transparency and control in the recycling process, which will lead to greater consumer confidence.

What the Waste Act says:
Article 16.3: "With respect to waste that is elegible for recycling, public administrations may articulate mechanisms on a temporary basis to give priority to recycling within the European Union, when justified for environmental reasons."

New additional provision nº 16: “Producers or other initial holders of recyclable waste materials may give priority to it being treated completely within the European Union in order to avoid the environmental impact of its transport out of the Union, in accordance with the applicable regulations."

 

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