USED newspapers and magazines are not waste – they’re essential raw material. If they weren’t recycled into new paper they would end up in landfill – and that would be a waste.
That is according to Gemma Barratt, head of recycling at Aylesford Newsprint, who added: “We use 100 per cent recycled paper to produce newsprint here, so recycling really does benefit the environment.
“With about a fifth of household rubbish being newspapers and magazines you would need a forest the size of Wales to provide the amount of paper Britain uses each year.
“That shows why recycling is so important”, said CllrJohn Allsop, Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for technology and recycling.
“Using recycled materials to make paper uses less energy than that required for producing new paper from raw materials – even when you add all the associated costs including transport, and so on.”
Cllr Allsop added: “It’s amazing to think that the newspapers we buy have had previous lives as other newspapers or magazines.
“It’s good to be able to see first-hand the difference recycling makes.
“This plant recycles 500,000 tonnes of paper every year.
“The idea of burying all that in landfill doesn’t bear thinking about and doesn’t make sense.
“The people of Derbyshire have always been good at recycling paper so it’s good to show them the good work they’re doing, how beneficial their efforts are – and encourage them to keep on recycling.”