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Austria Reaches New Record for Collecting Waste Paper in 2007



January 3, 2008

Over 620,000 tons of waste paper recovered

More than 620,000 tons of waste paper were collected by Austrian communities in 2007. This translates into over 76 kg per resident. In comparison, about 586,000 tons of paper were collected in 2006, roughly 71 kg per resident.

“Good public relations and a convenient collection system run by the cities and municipalities together with Austrians’ consciousness of the environment are the reasons we were able to surpass the 600,000 ton mark for the first time in 2007,” says Dr. Thomas Weninger, General Secretary of the Austrian League of Cities and Municipalities (Österreichischer Städtebund, which represents the common interests of 250 cities and larger municipalities).

The collected paper, which contains about 15% packaging material, is sorted and used in its entirety to make new products by the Austrian paper and cardboard industry.

Recovered paper has become a very important source of raw material for the Austrian paper industry. Over 2.3 million tons are used annually for the Austrian paper industry. Austrian communities are contributing greatly to this resource management. The collection system’s dependability together with domestic utilization of the collected product mean Austrian communities contribute greatly to the competitiveness of the Austrian paper industry.