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THE VINDICATOR Recycling history



Published: Tue, April 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



1960 -- Begins using returnable cores in its newsprint rolls.

1976 -- Begins internally reclaiming silver from its waste film.

1979 -- Starts sending its printed waste and "white" (no ink content) waste for recycling. The plain newsprint is shipped to a recycling plant, and the printed waste is shredded, baled and sold to a different company that recycles it into box materials and similar items.

1981 -- Buys and begins using equipment to recycle the waste inks in the pressroom.

1984 -- Buys and begins using equipment to recycle solvents used in the pressroom.

1990 -- Recycles printing-press plates made of polymer and aluminum.

1990 -- Establishes a program to collect aluminum soda cans for recycling within its own buildings.

1990 -- Begins use of recycled paper for its stationery, envelopes and other paper products.

1991 -- Expands internal recycling program to include newspapers used in its buildings.

1991 -- Begins use of recycled newsprint to print its newspaper. One-third of all newsprint bought is recycled newsprint.

1994 -- Reports to the Ohio Newspaper Association that 76.8 percent of its newsprint contained recycled fiber and the aggregate recycled percentage was 17.5, exceeding the Ohio Voluntary Newsprint Agreement for the year. The state goal was 11 percent.

1995 -- Again exceeds state newsprint recycling goals with 84.4 percent of all newsprint used containing some recycled fiber and a 23.5 aggregate recycled fiber percentage. The state goal was set at 23 percent.

1996 -- Reports that 95.4 percent of newsprint used contained some recycled fiber and 39 was the aggregate recycled fiber percentage.

1997 -- Reports that 99.9 percent of newsprint used contains some recycled fiber and 41.4 was the aggregate recycled fiber percentage.

1998 -- Reports that 100 percent of all newsprint used contained some recycled fiber and 41.4 was the aggregate recycled fiber percentage. The state goal was 31 percent.

1999 -- Reports that 100 percent of newsprint used contained some recycled fibers and 47.6 was the aggregate recycled fiber percentage. The state goal was 36 percent.

2000 -- Exceeds state voluntary recycling goals for the seventh consecutive year. Reports to the ONA that 100 percent of the newsprint used in the final year of the ONA agreement contained some recycled fiber and 47 was the aggregate recycled fiber percentage. The state goal was 40 percent.

2001 -- Of newsprint bought, 100 percent contains some recycled fiber and 44.3 was the aggregate recycled fiber percentage.




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