Magazine waste disposal and recycling

Who invented magazines?


Magazines are widely agreed to be created in England by Richard Steele and Joseph Addison. Richard Steele began publishing a magazine called The Tatler in 1709 and was soon joined by Joseph Addison (who had also written for the Tatler), who began publishing his own magazine in 1711 named The Spectator.

Magazine waste disposal and recycling

Magazine disposal

A magazine business uses an incredible amount of paper to produce countless magazines across the world and the process of producing and printing paper results in a lot of carbon dioxide, which is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

You should never throw your magazines into the bin – even if the magazine is in a poor condition. While magazines are treated with certain additives to make the pages look glossy, they can be recycled with your normal paper products.

Facts about magazines

– The first-ever issue of Vogue was published in 1892 for men of affairs, costing only ten cents.

– The Environmental Protection Agency confirms that 2.5 million tons of magazines get thrown away each year.

– Recycled paper produces an incredibly 73% less air pollution than if it was made using raw materials.

– Glamour magazine was first launched as Glamour of Hollywood in 1939 and eventually re-branded to become Glamour in 1943 with the tagline “for the girl with the job.”

What type of waste is magazine waste?

Magazine waste is categorised as post-consumer waste. This type of waste is created when a material generated is discarded after use. For example, old newspapers, magazines and corrugated containers.


What materials are magazines made from?


Magazine papers are made using paper machines and are often made from pulp. The pulp can usually be mechanical, recycled, or chemical depending on the magazine quality.

Put simply, magazine publishers choose the type of paper that works well in their machinery and meets their customers’ requirements.

What are some eco-friendly alternatives to magazine disposal?

As a publisher, you should approximate how many issues to print – too many will lead to excess magazine disposal. You should also choose ink and a format that helps lower waste.

Can you do anything with magazines instead of throwing them away?

Donate to schools or libraries

If you have any remaining magazines after you’ve recycled most of them for cash, we suggest that you consider donating the magazines to a school, charity, public library or recycle the magazines via your local waste paper recycling facility. If you’re not sure where to find this, you can browse your local council website or ring them today.

If you donate to a charity, we recommend asking for a receipt so that you’re eligible for a charitable contribution tax deduction on a return that is itemised.

Trade-in with retailers

Some retailers are more than willing to pay for old magazines to sell in sections. In other words, the magazine is pulled apart and old artwork is framed and sold.

Additionally, you could also get in touch with bookstores or retail shops. This is because many bookstores buy used magazines to sell to individuals who are aspiring to collect and complete a magazine collection. For instance, if you have previous issues of a certain hobby magazine, a local hobby store owner might be interested in buying the magazines or give you in-store credit.

There are different recycling options available today

Most drop-off paper recycling programmes or curb-side programmes usually accept magazines. If your local recycling programme doesn’t, you should consider giving magazines a chance to be read by donating them to your local library, hospital, high school, coin-operated laundry or medical office.

Contact our friendly and professional team for all your magazine waste disposal and recycling needs.

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