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Recycling of papers playing a major role

JOURNALISTS are often warned not to get too hung up on their work because it will only be 'wrapping chips' the next day.

But in these greener times, old newspapers are more likely to be made into egg cartons.

Ireland's publishing industry is amongst the world leaders when it comes to recycling, with some 89pc of newsprint being recovered and used again for other purposes.

This is against figures in 2002 which showed Ireland was recycling just 28pc of its newsprint.

AN ENVIRONMENTAL FORUM HOSTED BY THE GREEN PRESS PARTNERSHIP HEARD IRELAND'S PUBLISHING INDUSTRY HAS MADE "VITAL STRIDES" IN ITS QUEST TO CREATE SUSTAINABLE GROWTH.

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Broadcaster Duncan Stewart told the conference that newspapers have an important role to play in building local sustainable communities, pointing to the press industry's recent 'Get Involved' initiative as an example.

"The 'Get Involved' project really struck a chord with me," said Mr Stewart.

"It showed a growing interest among communities to embrace collaborative actions for the benefit of their economy."

Fintan Gavigan of INM, chairman of the Green Press Partnership, told the Forum that in a short space of time the publishing industry has made 'significant progress' in key areas like the recovery of old newspapers.

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