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Over 600 signed up to use recycled content paper

Three more names have been added to a list of organisations which together have committed to use 70,000 tonnes of recycled paper a year.

The latest signatories to the Waste & Resources Action Programmes paper advocacy teams drive are Centrica, HM Revenue & Customs (HMR&C) and the Robert Gordon University (RGU). This takes the total number of organisations to over 600.

Supplier of energy and related services, Centrica has switched the printing of promotional inserts included with its energy bills to recycled stock while recycled content is also increasingly being used in reports, accounts, leaflets and booklets.

Centrica corporate and marketing print buyer Bill Wheeler said: Wed been keeping a watching brief on developments in the recycled paper sector for some time. We took our interest to the next stage by carrying out research into the types of paper available and considering some life-cycle analysis to assess the overall environmental benefit.

HMR&C is now using recycled material for its employer pack and budget pack and is considering using recycled paper for other published documents. It already uses 100% content recycled paper for over 95% of its copier stock.

HMR&C corporate responsibility unit officer Russell Perry said: Having had experience of recycled paper some 15 years ago when the quality was much lower, we had to overcome misconceptions to convince some of our colleagues that the quality had improved.

However, by carefully analysing products on the market, we have demonstrated that alternatives are available comparable to the virgin equivalent.

In a third success for the paper advocacy team, the RGU has switched to recycled material for a number of printed publications including its undergraduate prospectus, 24 individual course brochures and their watermarked letterhead paper.

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