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European Paper Recycling Rate Increased to 72% in 2019

recycled paper The European paper recycling rate has increased from 71.7% in 2018 to 72% in 2019.

July 20, 2020 - The European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) reported that the European paper recycling rate has increased from 71.7% in 2018 to 72% in 2019 due to a stable utilisation of Paper for Recycling (PfR) in the European paper industry.

EPRC noted that a great signal towards more sustainability is the fact that the collection of Paper for Recycling was maintained at high levels in Europe despite a decrease in paper and board consumption in Europe. The sharp and continued decline in Chinese demand for European Paper for Recycling was balanced by increased demand from other countries such as Turkey and India.

"The increase to 72% shows that paper recycling is not only a promise, but is already today a model for circularity and a strong contributor to the European Green Deal," said Angelika Christ, chairwoman of the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC).

The EPRC said it is monitoring the development of the European Paper recycling rate and its progress in 2019 towards the set target of 74% recycling rate by 2020. The full monitoring report including action by the EPRC signatories and supporters in the fields of collection, recycling, research and education will be published in September.

In addition, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, Cepi, has released its 2019 key statistics report, which is available here. (1.0 mb pdf)

The European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000 to monitor progress towards meeting the paper recycling targets set out in the 2000 European Declaration on Paper Recycling. To learn more, please visit:

SOURCE: European Paper Recycling Council