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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.


  • Good and Best Practices Handbook released

The main outcome of the project is a Good and Best Practices Handbook.  This handbook contains valuable information able to assist the different European regions to improve the separate collection of paper and board for recycling. Also, it supports municipalities in the implementation of best collection procedures and practices which bring greater results.

  • Don't miss the final conference

On 24 January 2018 the IMPACTPapeRec project will be concluded in a final conference. The final conference will take place in the morning, followed by two workshops: one for municipalities and the other one for entrepreneurs. 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 Esta dirección de correo electrónico está siendo protegida contra los robots de spam. Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo..


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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