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NEW WASTE PLANT IN KENT 'A BOOST FOR NEWSPAPER RECYCLING'

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A£250 million newsprint mill, which will mean 5000 more paper banks on the streets of Britain and give an importan...
A £250 million newsprint mill, which will mean 5000 more paper banks on the streets of Britain and give an important boost to kerbside (door-to-door) recycling schemes, was welcomed by Environment Secretary John Gummer.

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.

'My colleagues at DTI and I have demonstrated our commitment to increasing newspaper recycling in the UK, by offering a £20 million grant towards the new Aylesford mill. It will make a major contribution to the achievement of our target of recycling 25% of recyclable household waste by the year 2000.'

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).

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