European paper recycling rates reached a record high of 63.4 per cent in 2006, according to latest figures from the European recovered paper council (ERPC). The figures suggest the paper industry is on course to meet a voluntary recycling target of 66 per cent by 2010 set last year (EED 06/10/06). The sharp rise in the recycling rate – up from 54.6 per cent in 2004 (EED 26/10/05) – is partly explained by the inclusion of paper recycled outside the EU. *In a separate development German green group Nabu has called on the government to implement policies to halve national paper use. See ERPC, plus press release and annual report. See also Nabu memorandum (German).
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