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Taking a Stand for Australian Made Recycled Paper

July 20, 2012 • Featured

Australian Paper has called for the support of Australians, as the company assesses a $90 million investment for a recycling plant and associated equipment at its Maryvale Mill. 

As the largest private employer in the Latrobe Valley, Australian Paper Maryvale directly employs around 900 people and the company has recently welcomed the call for Government to attract investment to the Latrobe Valley, and grow the local economy.

“We believe in operating sustainably and can significantly increase our recycled paper output with community support. To make this a reality, we recently announced a feasibility study for a wastepaper recycling plant at Maryvale Mill,” said Mr Jim Henneberry, CEO, Australian Paper.

“We need a clear commitment of support for Australian made recycled paper from the community, as well as Local, State and Federal Government, as part of our feasibility study.

Thousands of people have already taken a stand, signing up and supporting Australian made recycled paper.

“We have a proud history of local capital investment and manufacture the majority of recycled office paper sold in Australia each year.” said Mr Henneberry.

Australian paper said, making paper in Australia creates local jobs and provides consumers with certainty about the standards of sourcing and manufacture.

If the plant were to go ahead it is expected to triple the use of de-inked recycled fibre and divert up to 80,000 tonnes of waste paper from local landfill every year. Also up to 20 jobs and 60 in supply chain and collection will be supported. With a further 60 jobs created during the construction phase.

“We need a clear commitment of support for Australian made recycled paper from the community, as well as Local, State and Federal Government, as part of our feasibility study.

“We’re calling on all Australians to take a stand for recycled paper and register their support for the project at www.onpaper.com.au. We’ll be recording the total number of signatures as part of our feasibility study to show that Australians want this investment to happen,” Mr Henneberry said.

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