Redefining the uses for Waste Paper – can we be more innovative?

The recent news of Aylesford Newsprint going into administration is a worrying trend facing the paper recycling industry.

It has been prompted by the declining sales of newsprint – the decline in newspapers over the last few years has been marked – approx 23/25% as reported by the Audit Bureau of Circulations

So what should be done to revive the paper recycling industry? Do we need more innovative approaches to the re-use of paper? There is an interesting European funded paper published back in 2011 which explores the end-of-waste criteria for waste paper, and outlines some current uses for waste paper. Of course consideration of alternatives to waste paper are not easy due to the eyes of paper currently manufactured and also the manner in which it enters the collection/recycling system.

The article published in LAWR  in January and re-published in EDIE outlines the need for a new approach to all “wastes”. Interestingly the recycling of paper was not mentioned directly by the industry experts. Maybe it was implicit. But I feel now that we should seek to build a new platform for considering new way to transform our “waste” paper and card into products other than newsprint and cardboard.

But perhaps now is the time for a push to explore further innovative ways of using paper in different sectors? Perhaps in building materials and in furniture?

Any takers out there?

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