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IMPACTPapeRec aims to put Europe at the forefront of Paper for Recycling (PfR) collection, ensuring raw material procurement from mainly European sources through an innovative approach based on the participation of the whole paper value chain including citizens and municipalities, which is also open to other sectors.

Project co-funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme, 2016 - 2018.


  • Give feedbacks on the first best practice factsheets

The first factsheets describing good and best practices in collection of paper for recycling have been published! You can contribute to these factsheets by sending your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Workshops in project municipalities

Starting in the fall of 2017, several workshops will be organised in selected municipalities in France, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Belgium. The focus of the workshops will be the application of the handbook contents tailored for each specific territory. The first part will be addressed to technicians and waste management experts of each municipality, while the second part will be open to the wider public. Some workshops will be combined with guided visits to paper plants. More information will soon be available on the project website.

  • Upcoming activities in preparation

On 13-14 September 2017, the third project General Assembly will take place in La Roche-sur-Yon in France. On 18 October 2017 an informative meeting about the project will be organised in Brussels, Belgium just before the annual European Paper Recycling Awards. January 2018 will mark the last month of the IMPACTPapeRec project with a number of events already planned, including a final conference and several workshops in Brussels, Belgium. Keep an eye for updates!




The main objective of IMPACTPapeRec is to put Europe at the forefront of paper collection and recycling through an innovative approach based on the participation of the whole paper value chain including citizens and municipalities.

The main output of the project is a best practice handbook that aims at providing hands-on guidance to municipalities and other stakeholders on how to improve their collection system in order to increase paper (and other material) recycling rates.

In order to improve the development and promotion of best practices in paper collection there is a need for common evaluation and benchmarking methodologies and the project will aim to develop such a methodology for the assessment of the best practice application in the municipalities, as well as a series of good practices for further increase of recycling of paper.

Expected medium-long results are: increases in PfR collection (up to 75%); 1.57 Mt/year and raw material savings of €385 million.




Paper for Recycling is used paper and board separately collected and sorted according to the European Standard List of Grades of Paper and Board for Recycling (EN 643).

  • Paper recycling is perceived by the public as being the most effective way to reduce environmental impacts of using paper.
  • For the industry, recycled fibres are an indispensable source of raw materials, supporting industry’s resource efficiency.
  • For local authorities, collecting separately and recycling paper reduces the amount of waste which has to be incinerated or even landfilled.


IMPACTPapeRec aims to provide an innovative and common knowledge platform, which enables cooperation between the key stakeholders involved in the paper value chain.

Several discussion workshops will be organised within project partners and with external experts. Information and data about paper recycling will be collected in 13 best practice and focus municipalities and analysed in order to set up the benchmarks for the development of the methodology and best practice handbook.

A newsletter, a website and other communication tools will be developed in order to make the outcomes available for all stakeholders around the whole paper value chain, including citizens and municipalities.


The main outcome of the integrated work carried out by the IMPACTPapeRec project partners is the Best Practice Handbook in which best practices and collection systems are analysed.

The work in the project so far has led to a final list of good and best practices in collection of paper for recycling which are now available on the IMPACTPapeRec project website. A total of 34 practices have been identified and classified in 4 groups:

  • Operational aspects;
  • Policy, legislation and economic aspects;
  • Monitoring and control;
  • Information and communication.

One factsheet for each practice has been drafted, including background information, description of the practice, practical example of implementation, things to consider when applying it, advice on how to start and a list of potential benefits.

The project consortium would be happy to receive external feedback on these factsheets, especially on practical examples for each practice. Please have a look at the factsheets and send your comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


IMPACTPapeRec’s project coordinator is ITENE (Instituto Tecnológico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logística) and its project partners are:

  • ACR+
  • CARR, Centros Comerciales Carrefour S.A.
  • CEPI, Confederation of European Paper Industries
  • DIN, Deutsches Institut für Normung
  • DUPNITSA, Municipality of Dupnitsa
  • ECOFOLIO*, Ecofolio
  • EEB, European Environmental Bureau
  • FENIX, Fenix Dupnica Ltd.
  • HAMBURGER, Hamburger Recycling Group GmbH  
  • MEZDRA, Municipality of Mezdra
  • MIHAI VITEAZU, Unitatea administrativ teritoriala Mihai vitezu, judetul Cluj
  • PTS, Papiertechnische Stigung
  • SAICA, Sociedad Anónima Industrias Celulosa Aragonesa
  • SFANTU GHEORGE, Municipiul Sfantugheorge
  • STORA ENSO, Municipality of Dupnitsa
  • TEGA, S.C. Municipality of Mezdra
  • Trivalis

* ACR+ member

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