Waste paper: German collecting world champion

bvse: paper cycle works great

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The Germans are "master collectors" when it comes to waste paper. The bvse Federal Association Secondary Raw Materials and Disposal has now drawn this positive balance on the 10th International Old Paper Day with more than 540 participants from all over the world.

"At the moment, there is a lot of talk about the need for citizens to act ecologically. But then one can also say that in this important area, people are exemplary active and make a valuable contribution to resource and climate protection. ", Said Hubert Neuhaus, chairman of the bvse-Fachvereinigung Papierrecycling.

Waste paper is now the most important raw material of the European paper and board industry. By using recovered paper as a secondary raw material, the recyclers achieve economic benefits, while larger amounts of energy are saved during production and thus important resources are conserved, according to Neuhaus.

More than 15 million tons of recycled paper

The bvse pointed out that in 2004 a total of 13.2 million tons of paper were recycled in Germany and in 2006 even 15.2 million tons of waste paper were used for papermaking in Germany. Neuhaus: "This is impressive proof that the circular economy, with all its positive effects on the economy and ecology, works perfectly well with paper."

Waste paper has long been a commodity traded worldwide. The demand for waste paper is growing unabated. Enormous quantities are needed, especially in the countries and regions of the world where waste paper has not yet been obtained in sufficient quantities. So far, this applies in particular to China. But even from the Indian continent, we are registering approaches to attracting waste paper, which in a few years' time will hardly match China's. display

Export to China and India is booming

According to the bvse, the supply relationships from Germany to Asia have meanwhile established and solid foundations. If one looks at the amount of recovered paper exported from Germany in 2006, according to the chairman of the bvse-Fachvereinigung Papierreycling, this was 3.35 million tonnes. The export share, which will go to China and India, will grow significantly in the coming years from the perspective of the bvse.

In connection with the high level of waste paper consumption in the European paper and board industry, competition for the secondary raw material recovered paper is almost inevitable.

(Bundesverband Sekund rrohstoffe und Entsorgung, 19.03.2007 - DLO)