According to the companies involved in the venture, Government support of £20 million from the DTI and DoE was critical to their decision to proceed.
Mr Gummer was commenting on today's decision by joint venture partners SCA and Minorco to start work later this month on a newsprint mill at Aylesford in Kent, which will produce 100% recycled newsprint. The plant will require 460,000 tonnes of waste newspapers and magazines (80% of which will come from households and other post-consumer sources), to make 390,000 tonnes of newsprint.
Mr Gummer said: 'Today's decision will mean a massive increase in the amount of newspaper recycling in this country. The major expansion of newspaper recycling collections planned by Aylesford Newsprint Ltd, through 5000 new paper banks and kerbside collection, will allow many more people who want to recycle newspapers and magazines to do so. So I am delighted that, after years of deliberation, the Aylesford project is going ahead.
The Secretary of State added that the UK newspaper publishers had agreed to increase the recycled content of their publications to at least 40% by the year 2000 (compared with about 30% in 1992).