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04 Oct.2013

ERPC declares 2013 paper recycling awards winners

Yesterday, the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) announced the winners of the fourth European Paper Recycling awards. The well-attended ceremony took place at the European Parliament and was hosted by ALDE MEP Gerben-Jan Gerbrandy, who opened the event. "With the increasing world population resource efficiency is no luxury. It's a necessity to stay competitive. For now the EU is still the world leader concerning paper recycling. But if we want to stay in that position we need to set paper collection targets when the EU waste legislation is being reviewed next year", he stated.


First winner in the category Technology Improvement and R&D was Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG with a new technology called LowEnergyFlotation (LEF). “This is an innovative technique that significantly reduces the energy requirements needed to remove printing ink from paper fibres”, explained product manager Reinhard Bluhm.


The newly developed injectors are at the heart of the LEF. Together with the modified pumps, they enable energy consumption to be reduced by up to 50% in the flotation. Subsequently, paper mills not only save energy but also achieve significant financial savings. The LEF technology has already been applied to more than 10 systems worldwide.


The winner of the category Information and Education was the Alcorcón municipality in Spain. Their project improves paper and board collection by distributing paper bins in all schools in the district. The project aims to increase both the amount of paper collected as well as environmental awareness among children. “In the end, more than 15,000 children will know how to recycle paper and will have learned the importance of recycling”, said Alcorcon’s waste collection officer Susana Mozo, speaking at the ceremony.


In her speech ERPC Chairperson Beatrice Klose stressed the role of the recycling awards. “The European paper recycling awards recognise innovative approaches to paper recycling, which is a daily act, familiar to all. It is our pleasure to highlight a few of those that merit wider recognition and
visibility”, she added.


Three more entries were commended by the jury: International Paper Kwidzyn for its entry ‘Seventh Heaven for Newspapers’ (Information and Education category), Lucart Group for “Natural Project: Tissue paper from beverage cartons” and Reculiner bvba for their work on “Sustainable paper release liner recycling” (Technology Improvement and R&D category).

For more information, please contact the ERPC Secretariat, Jori Ringman, at +32 2 627 49 19, +32 478 255070 (gsm), erpc@cepi.org.

For the press release please go to the ERPC website.

For more information on the winners and commended entries, go to http://www.paperforrecycling.eu/recycling-awards

Here are some photos from the event:  

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11 Sep.2013

End-of-Waste = end of recycling?

Commission proposes end of recycling


The European paper industry represented by CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) organised a press action on 11 September 2013 in front of the Berlaymont with the title: End-of-Waste = end of recycling?

The European paper industry is on the ‘barricade’ and displayed seven bales of paper for recycling worth 2000 euros in front of the main European Commission building – the Berlaymont in Brussels from 7 am to 7 pm.

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 detailed reasons for this action are explained in the CEPI press release: http://www.cepi.org/topic/recycling/pressrelease/endofwaste

The Council could not reach an opinion on the End-of-Waste criteria for paper, which leaves the European Parliament to give their opinion and finally the European Commission to decide whether to publish these criteria as they are or to re-work them.

Here pictures of the press conference and the press action in front of the Berlaymont: http://www.cepi.org/photogallery/endofwasteprotesthttp://www.cepi.org/photogallery/endofwastepressconference

Video footage: http://youtu.be/guXtZf7XKSk

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

For more information, contact Daniela Haiduc d.haiduc@cepi.org or at +32 473 562 936
 

 

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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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