Paper and Newspapers

Newspapers and advertising journals: Recycling papers help protect resources

Newspapers and advertising journals provide their readers with reliable information, background knowledge and assessments of current issues. The availability of variegated journalistic information is crucial to democratic societies. Many readers remain focused on print media alongside all the diversified digital offerings. Thinking of the habit of reading a rustling newspaper at the breakfast table creates a feeling of pure reading pleasure. In view of the need for topicality, newspapers are fast moving products. This is why publishers use low-grammage thin paper grades containing high recycled shares of up to 100%. The recycling of wastepaper is a resource-efficient approach offering a multitude of environmental benefits: it reduces CO2 emissions while simultaneously decreasing the water volumes required for new paper production.

Since more than 25 years, the paper industry has been joining forces with  publishers associations under AGRAPA to ensure a high-grade recoverable paper cycle with an above-average re-use quota of 80 ±3 %. These endeavors are supporting Germany's position as the front runner in the field of paper recycling. You, too, may promote a functioning recovered paper cycle by correctly disposing of your paper waste in the blue bin.

The low proportion of fresh wood fibers in newsprint consists primarily of thinning material from sustainable forestry rather than from deforestation measures. As a rule, newsprint carries the Blue Angel or other eco-labels such as the EU eco-label, FSC or PEFC certificates. As far as German newsprint is concerned, it is safe to say that it never contains any wood from forests under threat or from illegal logging.

Further information:


AGRAPA video (

BVDA homepage Sustainability (