Since 2000/01, the directories have used a yellow surface colour ink wash, rather than dyed yellow paper, to aid the recycling process. This year the colour ink wash has been reduced in intensity, enabling Aylesford Newsprint to accept the directories into its recycling mix.
Aylesford Newsprint is the second mill to accept the old directories for recycling into new paper. Old Yellow Pages directories have been recycled into newsprint since 2004 by AbitibiBowaters paper mill based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Yell environment strategy manager Adam Billiald said: We have always taken our environmental responsibilities very seriously and have worked with local authorities since 1993 to help increase the number of old Yellow Pages directories which were recycled.
This new development with Aylesford Newsprint now makes it even easier for local authorities and their residents to recycled old Yellow Pages directories.
According to Yell, 99% of UK local authorities provide some form of recycling facility for old Yellow Pages directories.
Aylesford Newsprint recycling operations manager Andrew Perkins said: Yell has taken significant steps over the years to ensure the ink levels in the directory are more sympathetic to the recycling process. We are pleased to accept Yellow Pages directories into our recycling mix.
Yellow Pages directories currently contain an average of 52% recycled fibre content.