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    China’s recycling ‘saves forests’
    Recycling paper reduces the need for virgin wood, the report says
    massive capacity to recycle waste-paper is preventing many forests
    around the world from being destroyed, a report has concluded.The
    nation’s paper industry imported almost 20 million tonnes in 2006,
    primarily from the US, Europe and Japan, according to NGO Forest Trends.

    The group said about 60% of the fibre used in producing paper was recycled.
    it warned that timber from illegal logging was probably still being
    used to meet the surge in demand.”Just last year, China’s use of
    waste-paper instead of trees to make paper products probably saved 54
    million metric tons of wood being harvested for pulp,” said Brian
    Stafford, the report’s lead author.Over the past decade, the study
    said, the nation’s imports of waste-paper had increased five-fold,
    making it the world’s biggest consumer of the material.”In the last
    four years alone, China has prevented 65 million tonnes of waste-paper
    from heading to landfills in the US, Japan and Europe,” Mr Stafford

    Resource hungry
    he warned that recycling was unlikely to meet the demand for raw
    materials from the rapidly expanding sector    “Waste-paper can only
    provide so much fibre, and with huge new paper mills coming online in
    China, there is a legitimate concern that future growth in the industry
    is going to happen at the expense of already stressed natural forests
    in the tropics.”The biggest environmental challenge… is to prevent
    demand for fibre from driving ever more forest destruction in places
    like Indonesia and eastern Russia,” Mr Stafford warned.The report
    called on producers to adopt systems to track pulp and pulpwood to
    ensure it came from “legal and sustainable” forests.On Tuesday, China’s
    Forestry Ministry published a draft handbook “sustainable forestry” for
    the nation’s logging companies operating in other countries.The
    ministry said the booklet would “guide and standardize Chinese
    companies’ sustainable forestry activities overseas”, the Reuters news
    agency reported.