Half of European paper now recovered

EU association welcomes growth in paper recycling, warns of barriers to movement

Nearly half of the paper consumed in the European Union was recycled in 1996, according to new statistics from the Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi). Welcoming a 7% increase from the 1995 recovery rate, the association claimed "one of the highest of any industry in the world". Tonnage of paper recovery - the amount collected and used in paper mills - has risen continuously in the EU during the 1990s, as has the recovery rate - which is measured as the ratio between the amount of waste paper collected and reused and total consumption. Cepi said that it is looking forward to further increases in paper recovery in Europe. The association warned against "unnecessary bureaucratic barriers" to the international movement of waste paper. About 20% of paper recycled in Europe has to cross a border, it said.

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