Newsprint Recycling Program

As required by the Newsprint Recycled Content Act (Chapter 301, Acts of 1990), the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) will assess the recycled content used by the industry as a whole. It is anticipated that the industry will achieve the required percentages and will continue to fulfill the requirements in future years. If the reported data shows that the industry falls short of the mandated goals then, in the following years each publisher will be responsible for individually reaching the goals. At this point, publishers who fail to reach the mandated goal will be charged $10 for each ton of recycled content in which they are deficient. 

During the 2006 legislative session, the newsprint recycled content requirement was modified.  It was changed to be calculated on the average over a 3-year reporting period beginning in calendar year 2006, rather than on an annual basis.  The "reporting period" is comprised of the current calendar year and the immediately preceding two calendar years (e.g. in 2006, the reporting period is comprised of 2006, 2005, and 2004).

The statutory recycled content percentage, by weight, is as follows:

  • Calendar Year 2000: 25%
  • Calendar Years 2001 and 2002: 30%
  • Calendar Years 2003 and 2004: 35%
  • Calendar Year 2005 and beyond: 40%

Newspaper publishers in Maryland are required to report newsprint recycled content an on annual and quarterly basis using the survey forms below:

Newsprint Recycling Board

Established in 1990, the Newsprint Recycling Board considers applications by newspaper publishers for exemptions from the statutory percentage requirements for recycled newsprint (Chapter 301, Acts of 1990). Board members are appointed to three year terms by the Governor (Code Environment Article, Sec. 9-1707).

Board Meeting Schedule
No regularly scheduled meetings at this time.

MDE Contact
David Mrgich , Maryland Dept. of the Environment, LMA/Waste Diversion and Utilization Program, 1800 Washington Blvd., Baltimore MD 21230-1719,  410-537-3314, toll free in Maryland 800-633-6101 ext. 3314 or fax 410-537-3321.​