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Historic Newspapers Recycling Scheme Makes Horse Sense

When it comes to recycling its stocks of unwanted newspapers, Historic Newspapers is in a one-horse race. The UK's largest archived newspaper business is racing ahead with its latest environment scheme, producing bedding material for horses and other animals. The company has discovered that newspapers make ideal bedding for all types of animal. It currently produces 150 tonnes of material each year which is enough to supply bedding for over 2,000* horses.

Historic Newspapers, based in, Wigtown in Dumfries and Galloway already supplies this unique bedding material to a variety of horse owners and farmers in the area. It is fresh and clean and contains no bugs or germs. As an added bonus, the used bedding material can then be recycled a second time as it breaks down easily in soil - making a useful fertiliser.

John Druce, owner of Historic Newspapers is delighted to have found a use for its unwanted newspapers: "We are keen to do our bit to protect the environment and avoid using landfill. We do have a regular quantity of newspapers which we no longer require, usually recent newspapers which we have in very large quantities. We've discovered that shredded newspaper is one of the best bedding materials for horses and farm animals. It is very hygienic and comfortable and also inexpensive."

We're also keen to get the recycling message out, particularly to schools and work with them to encourage youngsters and other organisations in the community, such as churches, to give us their unwanted newspapers. By recycling our newspapers we are not only helping the environment and encouraging others to do so but providing a useful and practical solution for animal bedding."

Sarah Clark, owner of training and livery yard, Valleyfield Equestrian in Kirkcudbrightshire and one of Historic Newspapers' biggest customers of shredded newspapers for horse bedding said: "It is the only bedding I use as it is economical and more importantly creates a dust-free environment. This is particularly important, especially for any horses with respiratory problems. All our stables have rubber matting on the floor and the combination works very well. The other advantage is that the horses don't eat the paper.

"The bedding is also very environmentally friendly and when we muck out the stables we pass the used bedding on to a local worm factory which uses it to produce worms for composting. Apparently worms love to eat it and next to nothing is left over. It's good to have a product that has such green credentials. We also reuse the bags we receive the bedding in, so there is absolutely no waste."

Historic Newspapers which has now shredded approximately 600 tonnes of shredded newspaper in the last four years is keen to expand this area of the business.

Historic Newspapers produces authentic editions of newspapers dating back to 1800 to the UK and international consumer and corporate gift market as well as back issues for the business community. The company offers these memorable gifts in a variety of gift-wrapped packages, including its latest addition, a traditional, individually bound, gold embossed book, personalised with the recipient's name and special date as well as the newspaper's title.

For more information on Historic Newspapers visit or call freephone 0800 906 609.

*This figure is based on horses which are only turned out for a few hours each day.


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