The Hague, The Netherlands – 30 June 2022. CELAB is pleased to announce that CELAB Europe has won the 2022 European Paper Recycling Award in the Information and Education category. The award was presented on the occasion of the Paper Packaging Day event, held on 29 June in the Renaissance Hotel in Brussels.

Figure 1: The FINAT and CELAB Europe delegation accepting the European Paper Recycling Award. From left to right: Jacques van Leeuwen (FINAT Recycling Consultant), Annick Carpentier (EPRC chair), Graham Houlder (CELAB Europe), Flor Peña Herron (CELAB Europe workstream member, Avery Dennison) and Anna-Michelle Asimakopoulou (Member of the European Parliament, EPP, GR).

The award competition  is organized by the European Paper Recycling Council (EPRC) which was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000  to monitor progress  towards meeting higher paper recycling targets.  These are set out in the European Declaration on Paper Recycling first published in 2000  and renewed every five years since. The current target for the declaration is set to 76% paper recycling by 2030.  FINAT, the association hosting CELAB-Europe, is also a supporter of the Declaration.

The European Paper Recycling Award was created  specifically for projects  and initiatives that raise awareness on paper recycling and the winner is chosen  based  on four key criteria: relevance and originality, achievements, possibility to reproduce  the project and cost effectiveness. The competition  is open to all entities based  in Europe including schools, universities, NGOs, national and regional authorities,  companies and associations.

CELAB Europe was set up in March 2020  as joint industry initiative with the aim to build a circular economy for self-adhesive  label materials  in Europe. It is a collaboration of the whole self- adhesive label value chain to allow stakeholders to collect and recycle their used release liner and matrix material. The goal of the initiative is to have more than 75% of the used release liner and matrix to follow a circular business  model by 2025.  The consortium  has set up different

data, identification and classification of recycling solutions,

broaden  the logistics network, understand  and influence the legal and regulatory framework as well as to inform and educate  about outcomes of the work done within CELAB.

Membership  of CELAB is open to members and stakeholders of the label value chain, as well as label users, logistics and recycling companies. CELAB Europe is part of a global consortium  which also includes a sister initiative in North America. Other branches/regions (like China and Latin America) are under discussion. . Currently, the consortium  counts 36 members in Europe. CELAB Europe is hosted by FINAT, the European label industry association.

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FINAT, founded in Paris in 1958  with headquarters in The Hague (The Netherlands), is the worldwide association for manufacturers of self-adhesive  labels and related products and services. With more some

550 members in over 50 countries around the world, FINAT has much to offer to labels and package printing converters and all suppliers to the industry in terms of information exchange and in terms of international networking.

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