In what it calls a ‘remarkable achievement’, the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) has revealed that Europe hit a paper recycling rate of 71.7% in 2012.
The organisation’s latest monitoring report showed that paper consumption in Europe is now down to 1998 levels – a drop of 13% – with recycled amounts of paper being 1.5 times higher than in that year.
The ERPC report also recorded that paper fibre in Europe is recycled 3.5 times a year compared to the global average of 2.4 times.
Furthermore, the number of European countries with a recycling rate below 60% has decreased while there are 13 established countries where paper recycling rates exceed 70%.
ERPC secretary Jori Ringman-Beck said: “The figures in the report prove that paper recycling is truly an industry made in Europe.”