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Paper Atlas competition

The competition honours cities and universities for their exemplary use of recycled paper with the Blue Angel.

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The Paper Atlas competition has been held for twelve years by the Initiative Pro Recycling Paper (IPR) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the German Environment Agency, the Association of German Cities, the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB) and the German Association of University Professors and Lecturers.

The cities participating in the competition record their paper consumption and the proportion of recycled paper used in their administrations, schools and city print shop. The universities also record the proportion of recycled paper used in the university administrations, faculties and departments, printing and copying services and university print shop. All of the participating organisations can also highlight any other specific measures that they have implemented to promote the use of recycled paper with the Blue Angel.

In the Paper Atlas Competition 2021, the title “Most recycled paper-friendly city” was awarded to Leverkusen. This city in North Rhine-Westphalia was successful in the annual recycled paper competition. The award for “Most recycled paper-friendly district” was awarded to Ebersberg in Bavaria, while the university competition was won by the University of Bremen in 2021.

A total of 103 cities, 67 districts and 50 universities participated in this year’s Paper Atlas Competition held by the Initiative Pro Recycling Paper (IPR). The winners were honoured today in Berlin at the Federal Ministry for the Environment.

The winners of the three competitions for the most recycled paper-friendly city, district and university were Leverkusen, the district of Ebersberg and the University of Bremen.

The title of “Multiple winner” is awarded to those cities, districts or universities that maintain their use of recycled paper with the Blue Angel at a consistently high level. These participants were previously awarded the title of most recycled paper-friendly city, district or university and have since maintained their high level of performance in the use of recycled paper. This award category aims to promote the permanent use of recycled paper with the Blue Angel. Solingen and the University of Osnabrück were honoured this year for their outstanding performance over a five year period.

The city of Oberhausen, the district of Unstrut-Hainich and the University of Passau were also given awards for “Best improvement of the year”. They recorded the biggest increase in the proportion of recycled paper used in their administrations within one year. This award aims to encourage participants to quickly switch from virgin fibres to recycled paper with the Blue Angel ecolabel.

An overview of all the winners, 2nd and 3rd place awards, “Best improvement of the year” winners, “Multiple winners” and all other participants is published at www.papieratlas.de.

The use of recycled paper is a particularly easy and effective measure for the preservation of natural resources. And because no virgin fibres are used, it is not necessary to fell any trees in the production of the paper. The Blue Angel ecolabel also guarantees that companies comply with highest environmental standards during the preparation of the recovered paper and ensures that only the best quality recycled paper is produced. The production of this type of paper saves up to 60 percent of the energy and up to 70 percent of the water in comparison to virgin fibre paper.

The Paper Atlas Competition 2022 starts in January.