Print And Paper Is A Wasteful Product
THE EUROPEAN RECYCLING RATES FOR PAPER REACHED 72% IN 2012. THE HIGHEST EVER RECORDED (15). IN EUROPE 2 TONNES OF PAPER ARE RECYCLED EVERY SECOND (16)
The European paper industry is a leading recycler and, with local collecting systems improving, will increase its recycling rates significantly further.
Some paper fibres, for example hygienic tissues, wall coverings, permanent documents are not usually recycled.
It estimated that, with improved recovery, significant reduction in landfill can be achieved.
' Two Sides supports the implementation of effective recycling schemes and the minimisation and eventual elimination, of print and paper waste in landfill.'
Two Sides Membership Charter, 2013
Print and paper waste is now a valuable ans sought after resource with market demand being high. The number of cycles a paper fibre goes through in the loop reached an average of 3.4 in Europe (17), compared to a global average of 2.4. Over 84% of the paper recovered in Europe is recycled in Europe. 16% was exported to other countries for recycling in 2011 (16).
Two Sides supports responsible consumption. Double sided printing in the office and segregated recycling schemes will save cost and improve sustainability.
In South Africa, paper recovery trends remain good with an absolute increase of 17,981 tonnes in 2013. The total collected paper is up to 1,169,296 tonnes, equating to 62% of total recoverable paper. This is up from 2012's 57.3%, whereas overall end user consumption has declined by 5.9% while production declined by 4.6% (18).
(15) European Deceleration on Paper Recycling 2011-2015, Monitoring Report, 2012, Page 3
(16) European Recovered Paper Council
(17) European Deceleration on Paper Recycling 2011-2015, Monitoring Report, 2011, Page 2
(18) South African Pulp and Paper Industry Summary finding from 2013 production, import and export statistics, June 2014