Extra Extra newsprint recycling efforts in Australia lead the world

Date: 23-Aug-12
Author: Zo Zhou

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Australia has come out ahead in its recovery and recycling rate for newsprint for 2012, keeping with a steadily high trend set in the last two years. According to an annual report from the Publishers’ National Environment Bureau, 77.7% of all Australian newsprint was recovered compared to the average 70.0% recycling rate for newsprint in Europe.

Despite newsprint consumption falling by almost 10% in 2011, recovery rates remain high. Robert Eastment, Founder and Director of IndustryEdge, which collated and analysed the data in the report, noted that “exports of the old newsprint were greater than one-third of the recovered total for the first time.”

Lillias Bovell, Executive Director of PNEB, congratulated the producers, publishers and recovery operators who made the results possible. “Our country’s consistent performance is testimony to Australians’ commitment to recycling.” Tasmania and South Australia continue to lead the way, increasing their recycling rates by 6.5% and 7.9% over the last three years respectively. 

To help Australia continue to lead the way, check out the “How you can help” page on the PNEB website. 

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