The purpose of paper recycling is to produce high quality recycled paper, responding to the high-quality specifications required by paper consumers either from the graphic, hygiene or packaging sectors. In consequence, any collection scheme should be designed in a way to provide grades of paper for recycling adapted to the requirements of high value recycling, according to the EN 643 to the paper industry, either directly or after sorting. (EN 643 is the European List of Standard Grades of Paper and Board for Recycling.)
According to CEPI, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, and the organization which has published guidance information on EN 643, European paper recycling is very resilient despite the difficult international market. Given the commitment to achieve a paper recycling rate of 74% in Europe by 2020, the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) has confirmed its current recycling rate of 72.3%. The collection of paper for recycling has increased by 0.8% compared to 2016 and reached 59.6 million tons. Paper consumption has slightly increased compared to 2016 and reached 82.5 million tons.