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New paper forum for New Zealand will present the industry’s case

Thursday, 13 April 2006
By Print21
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According to Joan Grace, CEO, the NZ Paper Forum is a response to the growing emphasis on waste reduction and the need for the industry to be able to provide robust information on the performance of the sector on environmental matters. “The Forum has been established to provide a voice for the broad paper industry. Its immediate focus is to collectively manage the environment risks for the sector,” she said.

She cited the statistic that 72 per cent of paperboard packaging in new Zealand was recycled in the year ended March 2005, as the type of hard data the industry need to promulgate. This level of recycling exceeded the paperboard packaging targets under the Packaging Accord.

Bill Berry, president of the New Zealand Paperboard Packaging Association said the sector needed to tell the full story of the benefits of using paper over other materials for packaging and communication. “The New Zealand Paper Forum will allow for a broader industry group to look at the steps being taken to reduce waste, recycle and reuse paper.

“With the current Government’s focus pn environmental sustainability, there are some very good news stories arising from this sector that business and the public need to be aware of.”

Charles Miller, general manger of PaperlinX NZ will chair the Forum and is committed to work collectively on environmental sustainability. “The forum will be our industry’s voice and advocate on this and other matters that may arise.”
Founding members of the forum are:

  • ACP Media
  • Amcor Kiwi Packaging
  • Blue Star Print Group
  • Candida Stationery
  • Carter Holt Harvey
  • Norske Skog Tasman
  • PaperlinX
  • Visy Board NZ
  • Marketing Association
  • New Zealand Paperboard Packaging Association
  • Printing Industries Association
  • Self Adhesive Manufacturers Association.

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