Paper industry’s recycling performance reaches highest level ever in 2019

Jul 17, 2020

In 2019, Cepi members produced close to 90 million tonnes of paper and board, of which 54.6% were based on recycled fibres – compared to 53.1% in 2018 – as indicated by the utilisation rate of Paper for Recycling (PfR).

This exceptional performance goes hand in hand with a 72% paper recycling rate after 71.7% the previous year, reinforcing our commitment to sustainable and circular business practices.

More than ever, paper for recycling is a major source of fibres while the share of domestic wood used by the pulp and paper industry reached 84.2% in 2019 (84.1% in 2018), demonstrating that we are truly “Made in Europe” from European raw materials. Of wood consumed, a large share (24%) is also circular as it is residues from saw mills and wood working industries. Our industry is also a net exporter with 22% of our production exported outside Europe.

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