Facts about the Borough's newspaper
Test Valley News is printed on ‘environmentally friendly’ paper. Choice of the best paper is not straight-forward because there are ‘pros’ and cons’ about recycling processes, transport and paper quality. The Council’s specification for ‘environmentally friendly’ paper was created following discussions with professional printers and the Print Industries Association.
So, for the Council, environmentally friendly paper means that:
- it is chlorine-free
- it comprises 70% post-consumer recycled paper pulp
- the remaining 30% is from sustainably managed sources of wood
Biodegradable types of polywrap can be very expensive. However a new oxo-degradable material is now available and the Council is using it for Test Valley News.
Oxo-degradable wrapping breaks down in landfill or in the atmosphere – anywhere that oxygen is present.
Oxygen triggers the breakdown and only a small amount of CO2, H2O and biomass remains when the process is complete. It is reported that little or no methane is produced as a result of the breakdown of this type of polywrap.
This type of wrapper is recommended by the UK Association of magazine and periodical publishers (PPA) and is used for well-known national titles.
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