Governments are mandating that recycled printed products must be subject to a high level of deinking.
Sean Milmo, European Editor09.23.16
In order to conserve resources, combat climate change and protect the environment, a long-term objective of the European Union and European national governments is the creation of a circular economy centered on recycling.
The aim is to reuse, repair, refurbish and recycle the great majority of materials and products so that Europe can be far more resource efficient. At the moment, it is the world’s most dependent region on imported raw materials.
For the printing industry, particularly ink producers, the drive towards a circular economy could pose a major challenge.
The Importance of Deinking Paper
The paper sector is one of Europe’s and the world’s leading recyclers, with a recycling rate of more than 70%. Approximately 90% of newspapers in Europe are printed on recycled paper, while the same proportion of corrugated boxes are made of recycled fiber and over half of fibers used in new paper and board are sourced from recovered paper, according to figures
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