90% of Ireland’s Newspapers and Magazines Recycled

Ireland now enjoys one of the highest levels of newsprint recycling that has been achieved anywhere in the world. The latest annual recycling survey commissioned by the Green Press Partnership (GPP) shows that 90 per cent of our newspapers and magazines were recovered and recycled in 2011.

The results, which were validated by international consultants RPS, show that Ireland’s rate of newsprint recycling has risen from 28 per cent in 2002 to its current level of 90 per cent in just 10 years.

“The Irish press industry has made a huge effort and financial commitment to eliminate waste from the newsprint supply chain,” said Liam Kavanagh, Managing Director of The Irish Times and Chairman of the GPP. “These results are also a tribute to the Irish public, who continue to read and recycle our newspapers and magazines every day of the week,” Mr. Kavanagh added.

The GPP survey also showed that the amount of newsprint going to landfill reduced by more than 50 per cent in the past 12 months.

“When you consider that as recently as 2002, Ireland was recycling just 28 per cent of its newsprint, it shows how much progress we as an industry have made in the area of recycling,” said Enda Buckley, Sustainability Director of National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI). “This is a wonderful environmental success that really confirms Ireland as a global leader in the field of newsprint recycling. In recycling, 80 per cent is generally considered to be the benchmark for excellence so to have gone beyond that is something we can be very proud of.”

For further information please contact Enda Buckley: ebuckley@cullencommunications.ie or 086 811 2757