Paper sector claims recycling "virtuous circle"

European recycling rate reaches 54% as market responds to surge in demand for recovered paper

Europe's paper industry has claimed credit for a "virtuous circle" of increased recycling alongside latest data on production and waste recovery. In 2003 the sector took another step towards its unilaterial commitment to reach 56% recycling by 2005, the figures show.

According to the declaration's three supporting associations European paper recycling reached 53.9% in 2003, up 0.5 percentage points from the revised figure for 2002. The bodies admitted to having been over-pessimistic last year about the chances of such an increase. In practice the market responded well to increased demand for recovered paper, it now accepts (EED 02/10/03).

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