Paper sector calls for EU support on recycling

Association urges Commission to recognise voluntary efforts and limits to recycling growth

Europe's paper industry has urged the European Commission to ensure that an EU strategy on waste recycling and prevention due out next year sets a "supportive and stable" framework for the sector. Paper recycling is already reaching high levels in Europe and further increments are becoming more difficult, says the Confederation of European paper industries (Cepi).

Latest statistics show a 0.6 percentage point increase in European paper recycling in 2002 to reach 52.7%. The sector will need to achieve average growth of 1.1 percentage points over the next three years if it is to meet a voluntary target set in 2000 of 56% recycling by 2005. The tonnage of recovered paper collected and utilised in paper mills both increased in 2002.

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