In a press release published on December 4, 2019, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) announced the publication of recyclability guidelines for paper-based packaging. The new guidelines aim to further increase the recycling rate for paper-based packaging by offering “concrete guidance for designers to make sure functionality goes hand in hand with recyclability.” The guidelines are described as being “generally applicable in Europe,” however readers are recommended to check with national extended producer responsibility guidelines that may exist and with relevant agencies to comply with regulations.

“Retailers and brand-owners exploring new fibre based solutions want to see their packaging back in the loop after use. With these guidelines the paper and board value chain gives the answer [as to] what this means and requires in practice,” said Ulrich Leberle, Raw Materials Director at CEPI. The guidelines address topics such as the use of metal and plastic laminates, alternative barriers, coatings, alternative fibers, inks, adhesives, specialty papers, and food residues in packaging.

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CEPI (December 4, 2019). “Sustainable future of paper-based products: First European recyclability guidelines for optimal packaging design.”


CEPI (December 4, 2019). “Paper-based packaging recyclability guidelines.” (pdf)