Australia recycles 78 per cent of its newspapers every day, compared to 75 per cent in the USA.
“It’s a little-known fact that newspaper publishers were integral in the establishment of the kerbside recycling program we all now take for granted,” The Newspaper Works CEO, Mark Hollands said.
“More than 20 years ago the Australian newspaper industry recognised the importance of recycling, took action and invested $135 million in a revolutionary de-inking plant that could recycle recovered newspapers.
“This investment has helped foster a culture of recycling of which the industry can be extremely proud.”
In addition, exports of recycled newspapers have almost doubled in the past decade from 27 per cent, to 52 per cent, according to the report.
Exports to China alone have reached 205 kilotons a year – equivalent of more than 700 airbuses, with the average newspaper being recycled seven times.
In a longer time period, Australia has seen its recycle rates almost triple over the past 20 years, from 28 per cent to 78 per cent.