Recycled paper made up
78.9% of the
for UK newspapers
In 1991 newsprint manufacturers and newspaper publishers reached a voluntary agreement that by the year 2000, UK newspapers would include 40% recycled fibre. The target was actually achieved by 1996, largely because a new newsprint machine that uses 100% recycled fibre came on stream at Aylesford in Kent.
In April 2000 the following targets were agreed:
• 60% recycled content by the end of 2001;
• 65% recycled content by the end of 2003;
• 70% recycled content by the end of 2006.
With other UK Newspaper manufacturers following Aylesford’s lead, UK newspaper manufacturers once again met, and exceeded, these targets ahead of schedule. By the end of 2011, recycled paper made up 78.9% of the raw material used to make newspapers in the UK.
An independent audit of the recycled fibre used is undertaken every 6 months. This logo is used to show how much recycled fibre is being used in UK newspapers.