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Recycle newspapers and stay ahead of the world.



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MARISE PAYNE Senator for New South Wales

Press Release

Recycle newspapers and stay ahead of the world

14 March 2006

Liberal Senator for New South Wales, Marise Payne, today urged locals to boost their newspaper recycling efforts to help Australia stay ahead of the world in this global environmental challenge.

"The Australian newspaper industry, with the support of the Australian Government, has launched its fourth voluntary five-year plan to continue to increase Australia's already outstanding newspaper recycling rate," Senator Payne said.

Senator Payne urged local residents and businesses to continue recycling their newspapers and magazines.

"This National Environmental Sustainability Plan commits the publishing industry and Norske Skog, Australia's domestic newsprint manufacturer, to raising the newspaper recycling rate beyond the current level of 74.5 per cent," Senator Payne said.

"Australia's recycling rate is already the best in the world and has been since 1997.

"This plan aims to raise the recycling rate to 76 per cent and also to introduce a range of environmental initiatives to reduce the environmental cost of recycling though changes to energy and

water consumption," Senator Payne said.

"You can contribute to this outstanding national effort, by making sure that newspapers and magazines in your area are recycled.

"New technology means that used newspapers can be processed to remove their ink with the remainder being recycled into today's newspapers.

"Using this process, newspapers can be recycled again and again," Senator Payne said.

"The recycled ink is also used in an environmentally sustainable way - it is applied as soil conditioner to farming land."

"I hope the continuing success of this industry will inspire other sectors to follow their lead and seek environmental excellence in their ventures," Senator Payne said.

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