Experts from the paper sector to discuss how to increase separate collection of Paper for Recycling in Europe

The Packaging, Transport and Logistics Research Center (ITENE) organizes the event as thecoordinator of the IMPACTPapeRec project. The project is supported by the EU Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program and consists ofa consortium of 19 partners from 8 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Poland, Romania and Spain.

Consumption of paper and board in the EU stands at 82 million tonnes, 58 million of which are recycled to make new paper and board products. 47 million tones are recycled in Europe and 11 in other countries, meaning a paper recycling rate of 71.7% in Europe, according to the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

ITENE, IMPACTPapeRec coordinator, organizes the first“Project Conference and Networking Informative Meeting” with the objective of further increasing the separate collection of paper for recycling and promoting appropriate schemes to avoid landfilling and incineration.

The event will be held on 24 January in Barcelona and it will bring together more than 70 professionals to attend experts’presentations from STORAENSO, CEPI, ASPAPEL, SPRINGLOOP COOPERATIE, INTECUS, ACR +, DIN, PROPAKMA, HAMBURGER RECYCLING GROUP, PTS and ITENE.

First, participants will learn aboutthe current state of selective collection of Paper for Recycling in Europe, includingthe main challenges and opportunities identified in different EU countriesas well as best practices already in place. The optimal quality of Paper for Recycling and collection will also be discussed, as well as experts’ opinions on incentives for recycling and pay-as-you-through systems efficacy, plus the issue(?) of informal paper collection, that is not part of the legally established systems.

After the Conference, during the Networking Informative Meeting attendees will be asked to share their ideas and opinions on good practices, incentives, policy making and standardization actions needed to increase the selective collection of Paper for Recycling and its quality in Europe.

The audience will include stakeholdersinvolved in recycling and sustainability issues working inthe paper industry, municipalities across the EU, waste management companies, policy makers, standardization bodies and citizen associations.

Attendance to the Conference and Networking Meetingisfree of charge. You can findfurther information and registration details at www.impactpaperec.eu