FoE drafts Bill to set targets for newspaper recycling

A Bill to double the recycled content of newspapers by 2010 has been drafted by Friends of the Earth (FoE). The group says that the measure would bring substantial environmental, economic and employment benefits, and hopes that it will be taken on by an MP after this autumn's ballot for Private Members' Bills.

The averaged recycled content of UK newsprint increased from 27% in 1990 to 43.6% in 1996 as capacity to reprocess newspapers and magazines was expanded at three mills in England. But the figure dropped to 41.4% in the first half of last year as cheaper newsprint made from virgin fibre was bought from Scandinavia and Canada (ENDS Report 276, p 12 

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