Created in the early nineties under the name of WAPAC, the European Recovered Paper Association (ERPA) aimed at promoting paper recovery and recycling and support the development of the European recovered paper industry. In 2016, ERPA lost its legal personality and is now as a Branch part of EuRIC.
Paper recovery and recycling enables to produce new paper and cardboard with lower effects on the environment and to move towards a circular economy. ERPA Branch also promotes free and fair trade of recovered paper which is a sustainable and responsible source of supply for paper producers in the European Union (EU) and elsewhere in the world.
To promote paper recovery and recycling, ERPA Branch initiated with its European Union counterpart, CEPI, the European Declaration on Paper Recovery, which became later on the European Declaration on Paper Recycling, and has participated in the development of the EU Recovered paper standard specifications.
ERPA Branch Members are national recovered paper federations of the different European Union countries representing the interests of companies involved in the collection, processing, recycling, transportation and trade of recovered paper.
ERPA Branch was a founding Member of the European Recycling Paper Council (ERPC), which was constituted by the parties to the European Declaration on Paper recycling, formerly the European Declaration on Paper Recovery, initiated by ERPA and the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), its European Union counterpart, to promote paper recovery and recycling.
- To monitor and analyse at EU level all legal, environmental, economic and technical issues relating to the recovery, processing, recycling, and transportation of "used" paper.
- To ensure a proper representation of the European recovered paper sector to the European institutions and liaise with relevant private associations inside and outside the EU.
- To provide expert inputs on any EU policy and regulatory initiative which could have an impact on the recovery, recycling and trade of "used paper".
- To promote a fit-for-purpose regulatory framework which incentivizes the recovery and recycling of paper.
- To maintain a link between the European national member federations, in strict observance of relevant legal requirements.
ERPA Branch Members
Swedish Recycling Industries' Association
bvse-Bundesverband Sekundärrohstoffe und Entsorgung e.V.
Belgian Recycling Federation
Fédération Professionnelle des Entreprises du Recyclage
FED. NEDERLANDSE OUDPAPIER INDUSTRIE
Hungarian Waste Management Federation
Lassila & Tikanoja PLC
Asociación Española de Recicladores Recuperadores de Papel y Cartón (REPACAR)
The Recycling Association
Verband Stahl-, Metall- und Papier-Recycling Schweiz (VSMR)