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New targets to increase recycling of magazines

Defra : 03 May, 2006  (New Product)
Tough new targets to increase recycling of magazines have been formally agreed today by Ben Bradshaw Local Environmental Minister. The targets will see 50% of magazines recycled by 2007, increasing to 70% by 2013. The agreement was reached by the Government and the Periodical Publishers Association, who represent some 90% of all magazine publishers in the UK. Leading consumer magazines like Heat, Country Living and FHM alongside specialist titles such as New Scientist, The Economist and New Statesman will be covered by the new agreement.
Tough new targets to increase recycling of magazines have been formally agreed today by Ben Bradshaw Local Environmental Minister.

The targets will see 50% of magazines recycled by 2007, increasing to 70% by 2013.

The agreement was reached by the Government and the Periodical Publishers Association, who represent some 90% of all magazine publishers in the UK.

Leading consumer magazines like Heat, Country Living and FHM alongside specialist titles such as New Scientist, The Economist and New Statesman will be covered by the new agreement.

Ben Bradshaw said he was delighted that the Government and the PPA had reached an agreement:

'I'm delighted: this may well be a voluntary agreement, but it commits the publishing industry to some tough targets and pledges.

'We are determined that producers of products must increasingly take responsibility for their products when they become waste.

'Through this agreement the PPA is playing its part in helping to tackle the UK's waste problem for which they should be applauded.'

'In addition, today's agreement will make an important contribution in helping the UK meet its national targets for recycling and composting household waste.'

As well as increasing recycling of magazines, the PPA have agreed to:

Use recycled materials in magazine packaging
Help raise awareness amongst readers on recycling issues, and
Explore ways to increase the content of recycled paper in the magazines themselves. Currently the PPA estimate that some 40% of all magazines are sent for recycling, some 270,000 tonnes.
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