Ireland’s Newsprint Recycling Rate Climbs to 89%

Ireland now enjoys one of the highest levels of newsprint recycling anywhere in the world, as the latest annual recycling survey commissioned by the Green Press Partnership (GPP) shows that more than 89% of our newspapers and magazines were recovered and recycled in 2011.

Ireland now enjoys one of the highest levels of newsprint recycling anywhere in the world, as the latest annual recycling survey commissioned by the Green Press Partnership (GPP) shows that more than 89% of our newspapers and magazines were recovered and recycled in 2011.

The 2011 survey results, which have been validated by international consultants RPS, show that Ireland’s rate of newsprint recycling has risen from 28% in 2002 to its current level of 89% 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% in the past 12 months. “When you consider that as recently as 2002, Ireland was recycling just 28% 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% is generally considered to be the benchmark for excellence so to have gone beyond that, almost to 90%, is something we can be very proud of”.

“It’s taken a massive collective effort to get this far and with the help of all the publishers who are involved in the GPP, distributors, retailers and of course the millions of newspaper and magazine readers around Ireland, I’m confident we can maintain these high standards in the coming years,” he added.

• Survey confirms Ireland enjoys one of highest newspaper/magazine recycling rates

• Irish newsprint recycling increases from 28% to current level of 89% in just 10 years

• Recycling success due to “positive action by industry and public” says Green Press Partnership