Paper Recycling Award of the European Recovered Paper Council 2013
The paper recycling award of the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) this year went to Voith Paper GmbH and spanish municipality Alcorcón. The well-attended ceremony took place at the European Parliament.
Voith Paper won the categorie Technology Improvement and R&D with its technology LowEnergyFlotation. “This technique significantly reduces the energy requirements needed to remove printing ink from paper fibres”, explained product manager Reinhard Bluhm. The technology has been installed in 10 systems worldwide and is said to provide paper mills with savings on energy consumption by up to 50 %.
The municipality of Alcorcón won the category Information and Education. Their project consisted of passing out information and wastebins in all schools in the district, to increase the amount of recycled paper and school the childrens awareness.
The ERPC has been founded to watch and monitor the progress of the European Declaration on Paper Recovery. In this declaration the European industries have committed to reach a voluntary recycling rate target of 70% in EU 27 plus Switzerland and Norway.