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

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Brussels, 23 May 2022 – 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. In 2020, Europe has collected on average 54.4 million tons of recovered paper and used 47.9 million tons internally. However, there is a lasting gap between supply and demand of around 7 million tons in terms of excess supply of recovered paper in Europe as observed over the past years. In the absence of end markets for around 7 million tons of recovered paper in Europe, exports are vitally important for the European paper recycling industry.



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