In the production of our products waste is generated both inside and outside our business, and we take steps to minimise it.
First we try to reduce what we use, from the use of lighter newsprint stocks to using less paper through to the promotion of re-usable mugs for that morning coffee.
Then we recycle what we can. Cardboard, newspapers (press waste and returns), office paper, packaging, plastic bottles and containers, cans, printer cartridges, fluorescent lights, technology and other office wastes are recycled.
Paper waste and cores are returned to the manufacturer; aluminium printing plates and punch-outs are recycled for their metal; and ink waste is recycled.
At the start of 1990, Australia’s rate of recycling old newspapers was estimated to be 28%. Newspaper waste reduction was a big issue.
Today, Australia leads the world in newspaper recycling thanks to the efforts of readers across the country.
It’s no accident.
News Limited and our partner Australian Newsprint Mills (now Norske Skog) invested $133 million in Australia’s first de-inking plant in Albury in 1995, creating new markets for old newspapers.
With other members of the Publishers’ National Environment Bureau we have worked hard to support the development of kerbside newspaper recycling system through direct involvement in the market as well encouraging community interest. Find out more at pneb.com.au.
We’re a diversified media company and we’re not stopping with newspapers. In 2011, our online ticketing business moshtix was behind Australia’s first paperless gig, delivering tickets direct to patrons’ mobile phones.
28% - Australia’s newspaper recycling rate 1990
78.7% - Australia’s newspaper recycling rate 2010