ACR+ is pleased to announce that the IMPACTPapeRec project began on 1 February 2016, and will run for 2 years with funding from the Horizon 2020 programme. 36 experts from eight countries representing research institutes, municipalities, obliged producers, paper industry and NGOs gathered in Valencia, Spain, to kick off the project and plan the activities for the next few months.

The European project, which evolved from a commitment on separate paper collection in the European Innovation Partnership on Raw Materials, aims to increase the separate collection of paper for recycling and to promote appropriate schemes to avoid landfilling and incineration. It focuses on countries with below average paper recycling rates such as Bulgaria, Poland and Romania as well as countries where paper from households, small shops and offices is often collected in a commingled stream with other recyclables like in France and the UK. The participants started discussing the existing schemes as well as indicators to define best practice separate collection schemes.

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