Recycling rates in the EU paper, steel and aluminium sectors continued to increase in 2004, according to new industry figures. The paper industry edged closer to the 56% target that it has promised to reach by the end of 2005, with a 54.6% recycling rate in 2004, up 0.5 percentage points on the previous year. The rates in the steel packaging sector and in the aluminium beverage can sector increased to 60% and just under 50% respectively. The EU packaging directive sets a recycling target for metals of 50% by 2008. See press releases from EAA and APEAL and on the European declaration on paper recovery.
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