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INGEDE Press Release 3/2000

Agreement on Optimisation of Recycling of Graphic Paper in "Environmental Pact of Bavaria"

The agreement by members of the paper chain aims at securing paper recycling in the long run

Some adhesives and some printing inks render paper recycling more difficult than others – but some printers know neither the connection nor the alternatives. In order to keep the effort for paper recycling within reasonable limits also in the future, everybody involved in the paper chain has to realize his role: Print products must be designed in a way that they do not hinder recycling more than necessary. To secure recycling in the long run, the associations involved in the graphical paper chain published a guideline last year. The parties agreed to contribute as much as possible, so that recovered paper can be used as a resource for new graphic paper in the future.

This "Guide to an optimum utilisation of recovered graphic paper" now has become a contribution to the "Environmental Pact of Bavaria". With this pact, signed by the Bavarian Minister-President Edmund Stoiber and representatives of the Bavarian business community in Munich in October, the industry offers a series of voluntary contributions aiming at greater protection of the environment As a counter-move, the Bavarian State Government simplifies administrative procedures or supervision for those companies, who successfully conduct EC eco-audits (EMAS). This is meant as an incentive for self-responsible environmental management.

The catalogue of contributions states: “Members of the Bavarian Pulp and Paper Association (Verband Bayerischer Papierfabriken), the German Printing Industry Federation (Bundesverband Druck), the Association of Adhesive Manufacturers (Industrieverband Klebstoffe), the International Research Association Deinking-Technology, the Association of German Magazine Publishers (Verband Deutscher Zeitschriftenverleger, VDZ), and the Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (Verband der Druckfarbenindustrie) agree to realize this ‘Guide’ within the paper chain.

INGEDE is an association of leading European paper manufacturers founded in 1989. INGEDE aims at promoting utilisation of recovered graphic paper (newsprint, magazines and office paper) and improving the conditions for an extended use of recovered paper for the production of graphic and hygiene papers.

31 October 2000

The "Guide to an optimum utilisation of recovered graphic paper" can be ordered from INGEDE or can be downloaded from INGEDE's pages on the internet:

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English Informations of the Bavarian State Ministry of Environmental Affairs regarding the Environmental Pact: (106 k)

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