Paper industry and recycling

The paper industry is one of the biggest recycling industries  

Recycling consists of re-using materials, such as cellulose fibres from used products, to make new paper and board. The recovered fibres represent the industry’s principal raw material (i.e. 62% of total fibre supply) and their consumption by paper mills is constantly rising. In 10 years, the rate of recovery of used paper and board-based products has risen from 46% to 72%.

The main paper manufacturing sectors consuming this paper and board for recycling (PCR) are the packaging sector (92%), the graphics sector, including printed writing (12%), newspaper (71%) and hygienic paper (38%).

The final recycling of paper and board is part of an environmental approach. By re-using a previously manufactured material, recycling provides optimal waste management.  Recycled paper and board are also materials that have not been incinerated or sent to landfill and help reduce atmospheric CO2 emissions. 

Recycling is also a growing source of jobs, far superior to landfill or incineration.  



The development of recycling

The paper industry undertakes a number of actions to secure additional sources, particularly for office paper and although paper collection has reached satisfactory levels for industrial and commercial circuits, improvements are possible and required in household and SME collections.