Bill to push recycling looms for newsprint mills

The last Private Member's Bill on an environmental topic introduced in the House of Commons before the general election would have required all newspapers to contain at least 60% recycled fibre within four years. Its promoter has promised to reintroduce it in the next Parliament.

The Newsprint Recycling Bill was introduced in the Commons on 2 March by Harry Cohen (Lab, Leyton).1 It failed to receive a second reading, but newsprint producers and newspaper publishers have been put on notice that the issue may well come more strongly to the fore after the general election.

Mr Cohen's six-clause Bill would make it an offence to import or use newsprint with a recycled fibre content of less than 60% four year

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