EUROPE: Paper and cardboard recycling reach record high.

21. March 2019 | Social, Politics | via

EU recycling rate for paper and cardboard packaging has reached 85.8% (Credit:

Across the 28 countries of the EU, the recycling rate for paper and cardboard packaging waste has reached 85.8%, the highest in the study’s history and the largest of all the packaging materials analysed Metallic and glass packaging came in at close second and third places, with recycling rates of 78.3% and 74.1% respectively, according to an article on

This news follows the results of a recent study conducted by German University Technische Universität Darmstadt, which concluded from their tests that cartons can be recycled up to 25 times.

Tony Hitchin, General Manager for Pro Carton, the European Association for Carton and Cartonboard manufacturers, commented: "Cartonboard is not only renewable but also fully recyclable and biodegradable, making it the most economically and ecologically balanced packaging material and a perfect example of the circular economy in action".

The second annual Global Recycling Day takes place on 18 March 2019, with the theme ‘Recycling into the Future’. The Global Recycling Foundation will focus on the power of youth, education and innovation in ensuring a brighter future for the planet.