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HomePressPress releasesA year into the project, IMPACTPapeRec consolidates efforts to increase separate paper collection in Europe
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26 January, 2017

A year into the project, IMPACTPapeRec consolidates efforts to increase separate paper collection in Europe

The successful Horizon 2020 IMPACTPapeRec Project Conference united more than 50 professionals from across Europe and debated the ways to increase separate paper collection in the EU, a key element in Europe's transition towards a Circular Economy. This event took place in Barcelona (Spain) on 24 January.
IMPACTPapeRec Project Conference
IMPACTPapeRec Networking Informative Meeting
Application sectors: Waste recovery
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IMPACTPapeRec brings together the whole paper value chain for the first time in a joint project with the two-fold goal of promoting separate collection of “Paper for Recycling”1  and avoiding landfilling and incineration, particularly in countries with a low recycling rate.  The event constitutes a step further in that direction. 

In the past year, project partners exchanged views with paper collection decision-makers from seven municipalities ranging from the U.K to Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and France and mapped out the current waste management systems in Europe. 

The mapping, presented at the conference, revealed major differences in challenges between countries with a well-established recycling system and those where such a system is still being implemented. In addition, citizen awareness and motivation was a recurring topic throughout the event. 

In order to enhance the discussion, key experts spoke about the importance of quality of Paper for Recycling, efficiency of payment systems and incentives to encourage recycling, as well as the sensitive issue of informal paper collection outside officially-established waste management systems. 

In addition, the partners presented some of the identified best practices, which will undergo a deeper analysis during the months to come. Participants also actively participated in a world-café format informative meeting, sharing their views on critical issues such as standardisation and policymaking developments. 

“Paper collection is a multi-dimensional issue and finding a stand-alone solution is not possible”, said Antonio Dobón, project coordinator from ITENE. “We are confident that the project will help us find the right ways to promote paper collection wherever we can”. 

The project will come to an end in January 2018 with a final conference organised in Brussels. Until then, the 19 partners will continue to develop on the project’s outcomes: A number of the identified best practices will be selected, leading to the publication of an informational web-based “handbook“, a practical guide to help municipalities achieve better collection rates.

You can find further information and photos from the event at www.impactpaperec.eu

1 Used paper and board separately collected and in general pre-processed according to the European Standard List of Recovered Paper and Board Grades (EN 643)



The IMPACTPapeRec project is financed by the European Union Horizon 2020 Programme and supports the separate collection of paper commitment of the European Innovation Platform (EIP) on Raw Materials. 

ITENE coordinates the project consortium formed by 19 partners from eight European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Poland, Romania and Spain.

IMPACTPapeRec aims to put Europe at the forefront of paper for recycling (PfR) collection by providing an innovative and common knowledge platform. The innovative approach of the defined participatory strategy is based on the real engagement of the whole paper value chain including research, industry, policies, standards, municipalities and citizens.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690182.
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