Circular economy

ImpactPapeRec, how to improve paper collection in Europe

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A new European project aims at helping nations with below-average collection rates and supporting good practices.

A European project conducted by 36 experts from 8 countries that aims at increasing waste sorting rates for recycling paper and promoting appropriate actions to avoid landfilling and incineration. It is ImpactPapeRec, an initiative which officially started on February 1st and will run for 2 years.

The project is funded by the European Union Horizon 2020 program and involves research institutes, municipalities, manufacturers, paper mills and non-governmental organizations. The goal mainly concerns countries with below-average recycling rates, such as Bulgaria, Poland and Romania, and countries where the paper is often collected together with other recyclable materials, such as France and Great Britain.

Experts met in early February in Valencia, Spain, to kick off the work. “We are very excited about the start of the project – explains the coordinator Antonio Dobon – ImpactPapeRec comes at a time when the European Commission just presented its proposal for a circular economy stressing the importance of waste sorting. With this project we will work to achieve the European recycling targets in the areas that are below average. We will also try to find good paper recycling practices allowing to achieve both economic and environmental benefits. In doing so, we will define these good practices and we will spread them all over Europe so that other local authorities can adopt them too”.

In the first day of the meeting, the 36 experts started discussing the various existing systems and indicators to define good practices regarding waste sorting models.

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