Waste paper

Paper value chain reached a 71.4% recycling rate

| A new report shows the progress made by the European paper value chain towards recycling objectives, which are some of the most ambitious in the world. It also highlights the activities that have allowed it to stay on track.

Carton recycling initiative begins in Vietnam

| Beverage cartons are the focus of a new initiative run by Circular Action, a BV Rio group company, in partnership with Tetra Pak and Packaging Recycling Organisation Vietnam (PRO Vietnam). The pilot project intends to provide a recycling solution and deliver additional income to around 200 informal waste pickers.

Statistics on paper and board recycling in 2020

| BIR has published latest statistics on recovered paper. A new report by the Bureau of International Recycling corroborates the fundamental importance of recovered fiber and free trade.

The market for recovered paper is at a new breaking point

| The European market for recovered paper (RCP) is facing a rough ride in the months to come.
Fully automated waste sorting plant maximizes recovery rates

Fully automated waste sorting plant maximizes recovery rates

| The fully automated waste sorting plant ROAF opened in 2014. It ranks second in sorting municipal solid waste in Norway.

Three scientific studies break stereotypes on reusable packaging

| It is now scientifically proven that reuse should be considered on a case-by-case basis as it is not always the best environmental option.

BIR: Strong criticism of EU plans on waste shipments

| At the annual convention of the Bureau of International Recycling, all divisions criticized the EU Commission's plans for greater regulation of waste shipments: Restricting trade would endanger businesses and recycling.

Global free, fair & sustainable recovered paper trade is crucial for recycling industry

| The recycling industry collects and recovers paper waste into standardized quality grade recovered paper in line with the European standard EN 643 on a daily basis.

Mixed waste sorting changing the game

| Tomra and a Norwegian waste sorting plant have demonstrated that mixed waste sorting prior to disposal is a superior solution to separate collection.

Decarbonisation of Kirkniemi Mill

| Sappi has approved an investment in Kirkniemi Mill in Lohja, Finland which enables a switch in its energy sourcing to renewable bioenergy. With this investment the mill’s direct fossil greenhouse gas emissions will reduce by about 90 percent, which is equivalent to 230 000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Updated results single-use vs multiple use paper

| A full life cycle assessment (LCA) commissioned by the European Paper Packaging Alliance (EPPA) and carried out by independent consultant Ramboll challenges the common perception that reusable tableware has lower environmental impacts.

Valmet’s climate program targets approved by SBTi

| Valmet introduced its climate program in March 2021 with CO2 emission reduction targets for its entire value chain. Now Valmet has got its climate program targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

BIR report highlights increase in proportion of paper and board made from recovered fibre

| Worldwide, production of recovered fibre fell from just over 250 million tonnes in 2018 to less than 244 million tonnes in 2019. However, global production of paper and board using recovered fibres held steady at just below 211 million tonnes.

Andritz starts up reject handling line in Laos

| Andritz has started up a complete reject handling line as well as key stock preparation equipment at Sun Paper Savannakhet, Savannakhet Province, Laos.

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