ERPA is the European Recovered Paper
Association and a daughter federation of BIR.
Created in the early nineties under the name of WAPAC,
ERPA aims at promoting the use and international trade
of recovered paper for further production of recycled
paper and cardboard. ERPA members are the national recovered
paper federations of the different European Union countries.
Although the international federation BIR (and in this
particular case, the BIR paper division) primarily deals
with all matters relating to materials recovery and
recycling at a world level, ERPA strictly focuses on
European Union topics.
ERPA's main objectives are to study and examine all
the commercial, legal, environmental and technical issues
relating to the trade, recovery, process, recycling
and transportation of "used" paper. In close
cooperation with its European Union counterpart CEPI,
ERPA has participated in the development of the European
Union Recovered paper standard specifications and of
the most recent European declaration on paper recovery.
The major concern of ERPA members is the current lack
of clear legal distinction between collected unprocessed
paper which is not suitable for immediate use and consumption
by the paper and board producers and the paper which
has been processed and recovered according to strict
technical and environmental specifications. In ERPA's
view recovered paper should not be submitted to the
European Union "waste" legislation and should
be freely traded in order to supply the producers of
new and recycled paper in the European Union and elsewhere
in the world.
Paper recycling in Europe
“The origins of the European paper industry are to be found in recycling.
It was the sharp rise in the amount of industrial printing and in the volume of books, newspapers and packaging being produced in the 19th century that forced the paper industry to seek more accessible and stable sources of raw material - cellulose fibres...Download full version (PDF)