The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) has recently published a monitoring report announcing that Europe recycles an impressive 71.7% of the paper it uses, making it the global champion. This is important because recycled paper and board is an essential raw material resource used to make a wide range of new products including corrugated packaging.
Corrugated packaging itself remains one of Europe’s favourite packaging materials because it is 100% recyclable, becoming new paper and packaging again and again. In shops and at home it can be quickly and easily disposed of. It is pressed into bales or folded for space-saving storage and then collected to be recycled. Definitely a “feel-good” packaging material!
2011 Packaging Recycling Rates in the EU
Source: European steel, glass and aluminium packaging associations, CEPI 2012, European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations