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printech, December, 2001
What Goes Into Newsprint


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From: PNEAC_Customer(pneac@istc.illinois.edu)
Date: Mon, 17 Dec 2001 04:53:34


I have been working on a piece of waste ground which is to be turned into a community garden. 2.5cm layers (approx) of old newspapers are being put down as a mulch over weeds and then a mixture of about 15cm of soil and compost is being placed over the top of them in mounds which will eventually flatten out and be less than 15cm. The News papers are stabbed here and there to let water pass through. We are then planting vegetables in these plots.

 When I expressed my concern over possible toxins in the newsprint being taken up by the vegetables I was told they only recycle 'Positive News' which uses environmentally friendly print; they then went on the put down 'The Sun' et al on top of the layers of 'Positive News'. 

Unfortunately I can't remember what exactly goes into newsprint and in what amounts.
Any information you could give me or any papers on this subject you could point me toward would be much appreciated

 



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