Sustainability / The urban forest, the recycling


Spanish paper mills recycled 5.2 million tonnes in 2016. Within the EU -world-leading region in terms of paper and board recycling- we are at the same level as France and only outperformed by Germany as far as the volume of paper recycled is concerned.
Local procurement: closing the cycle
68% of the paper recycled in 2016 by the Spanish paper industry was sourced locally. Recycling in Spain or the EU the paper collected in our country means generating local wealth and employment, providing value for the effort made by Spanish society to enhance its waste recovery.
Overall collection of paper and board for recycling (including selective municipal collection from blue bins, door-to-door and waste recycling centres, plus collection by private operators from large retail outlets, printing shops, industries ...) grew by 3.1% in 2016 to 4.7 million tonnes.
New Initiatives
Pajaritas Azules ('Blue Birdies'), the ASPAPEL programme that advises, assesses and distinguishes the standard of municipal management of selective collection of paper and board for recycling, which follows on from the Tu papel 21 scheme, held its first edition this year, in which 29 local authorities received awards. The Blue Birdies prize ceremony was presided over by Isabel García Tejerina, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food
and Environment, and attended by numerous mayors and chairpersons of associations of municipalities.
Another ASPAPEL initiative, the Mesa de la Nueva Recuperación has just celebrated its first year as a platform open to all companies in the paper and board recovery sector. Throughout 2016, the main areas the Board has worked on include promoting a more favourable framework for the sector, improving quality at sources, and compiling statistics on the sector.


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Sustainability Report 2015: The urban forest, the recycling

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