Tork PaperCircle® – the world’s first recycling service for paper hand towels

Tork PaperCircle® is one-of-a-kind recycling service for paper hand towels. We help your business go circular by collecting and recycling your used paper hand towels into new tissue products. After successful pilots with partners in Germany and the Netherlands, we are now offering Tork PaperCircle® in more European markets. 
Together with you and our trusted recycling partners, we close the loop for your used hand towels, turning them into new tissue products at a local Essity mill.
“Tork PaperCircle® is a great example of how we lead the way toward a circular economy for professional hygiene together with our customers” says Kersti Strandqvist, Senior Vice President, Group Sustainability, Essity.

What’s in it for you? 
Tork PaperCircle® is a complete solution that help you meet your sustainability targets by reducing waste with up to 20%* and cut the carbon emission for your paper hand towels by up to 40%*.  Furthermore is a powerful statement of your commitment to sustainability – both for visitors and employees. 
This is how Tork PaperCircle® works
We have developed Tork PaperCircle® in partnership with customers and recycling experts to ensure that the service is efficient, sustainable and meets your needs. This is how it works in practice.
  • Your visitors and employees use the washrooms as usual, but throw their paper hand towels in a separate bin after drying their hands – signage in the washroom makes this easy and intuitive
  • Cleaners empty the bins as usual but keep the hand towels separate on the trolley – we provide training and guides to make this adjustment
Our recycling partner collects the paper hand towels and brings them to the local Essity mill.
  • The Essity mill recycles the paper hand towels into new tissue products
  • Your used paper hand towels are put back into the loop as new tissue products
Our dedicated team supports you throughout setup, implementation and ongoing use to ensure your transition towards more circular washrooms is smooth and efficient. Tork PaperCircle® is easy to implement and cost neutral compared to other waste handling options.
The service is recognized for innovative contribution to a circular society
Tork PaperCircle® is rewarded with some of the industry’s most prestigious awards and recognitions. In 2018, it won both the Innovation Award and the Visitors Choice at Interclean in Amsterdam and the European Paper Recycling Council recognizes Tork PaperCircle® as an innovation that contributes to Europe’s sustainability through active promotion of paper recycling.
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“We were really impressed with the Tork PaperCircle® service. It’s a very ambitious project and the first of its kind, offering a paper recycling service at client buildings,” says Michelle Marshall 
Chairman of the Jury, Interclean.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Peter Purmer
+31 6 229 50 573
 *Results of a life cycle analysis (LCA) conducted by Essity Tork and verified by IVL, Swedish Environmental Research Institute Ltd, 2017, where the avoided processes have been taken into account.