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Recycling Innovation Recognised by HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium at European Paper Recycling Awards


30 Sep 2009


Climate & Environment
Sustainable Dev.

The European Recovered Paper Council recognised the outstanding work being done to promote paper recycling last night when HRH Prince Laurent of Belgium presented its Second Annual European Paper Recycling Awards at the European Parliament in Brussels.

The event hosted by Jorgo Chatzimarkarkis MEP saw two winners receive their prize and those highly commended receive a certificate of recognition from Prince Laurent and the European Parliament’s Environment Committee President, Jo Leinen MEP. The winners were:

Technology Improvement & R&D category – GreenProject, Sabox, Italy

Sabox is a company of the Sada Group with 26 employees and has a specific know-how in designing and producing packaging and ecological products in corrugated cardboard. One year ago, Sabox’s management decided to undertake the challenging and unknown path to become a Green company, revisited the company’s mission and implemented the GreenProject.

The project uses recovered paper, collected in the Campania area and bearing the FSC certification, to produce the GreenBoxX and the GreenTray, registered brands for an American type box and a tray made for the food industry which are used to package pasta and tomatoes respectively.
Information & Education category - The best use of paper at schools , Paper Chain Forum, Belgium

The Belgian Paper Chain Forum, an information platform, grouping 12 paper related professional associations, developed an education project in collaboration with the ENGO “Green Belgium”, targeting young people in primary schools. The project started in June 2008 with the main objectives to convince young people of the need and importance to use paper at school in a proper way, to objectively inform them on the environmental impact of paper products and to enable children to work out an efficient collection system in their schools as well as at home, in order to ensure a better recovery and recycling of used paper.

In addition to these winners the projects highly commended in the awards were:

Technical Improvement & R&D category

RCP Sorting Plant - Stora Enso Langerbrugge

"Respire" - Johnson & Johnson

Information & Education category

RicicloAperto Impianti - Comieco/Assocarta

Survival Kit for Responsible Communication - Arjowiggins Graphic

Voluntary agreement on graphic paper recycling in Germany - AGRAPA
“Recycling activities are taking place on a daily basis in Europe and the idea of the European Paper Recycling Awards is to give acknowledgement to best practices and to produce a bank of good ideas that can be copied and adapted to other situations. This improves communications on good practice which can help reduce the marginal cost of paper recycling, allowing the industry to recycle more.” explained Phil Mogel, Chairman of the ERPC.

“The entrants in this year’s competition show that there is a huge wealth of talent working in Europe to deliver solutions that help Europe truly move along the road to a recycling society. We were very impressed by the calibre of all the entrants and congratulate the winners on their achievements. We also hope that those who were not so lucky in this year’s competition will continue to develop their activities and promote paper as a wonderfully useful and sustainable product,” he concluded.
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