Annual Survey: Recycled Newsprint
The Texas Health and Safety Code, Section 361.430 sets goals (percentages) for the use of recycled newsprint and the aggregate, postconsumer, recycled-content in newsprint. Since 2000, the target percentage for recycled newsprint purchased is 30 percent of a publisher or printer's total newsprint. The goal percentage for postconsumer recycled content is 18 percent. To promote paper recycling, the TCEQ annually surveys Texas newspaper printers and publishers on their use of recycled newsprint and newsprint with postconsumer recycled content.
Form, Worksheets, and Examples
You can download any of these versions of the survey (TCEQ-10199), which includes instructions, and submit it by e-mail, by fax, or by mail.
Along with the checklist and tips (PDF), refer to these examples:
- Sample Survey (without instructions, in PDF)
- Part 4, Example 1: Reporting Data (PDF)
- Part 4, Example 2: Reporting Data for Multiple Publications (PDF)
Submitting the Survey
The law applies to publications that are sold and printed on newsprint and published, printed, and distributed in the state (both daily and non-daily) to disseminate current news and information of general interest to the public.
To report for a single publication: The publisher must complete the survey, then either mail, e-mail, or fax it as instructed on the survey form (see also Part 4, Example 1: Reporting Data) (PDF).
To report for two or more publications: The publisher who printed the publications is responsible for completing one survey for all of the publications, combining the amounts as explained on the form (see also Part 4, Example 2: Reporting Data for Multiple Publications) (PDF), then mailing, e-mailing, or faxing the survey.
Note: If you receive a survey but someone else will report on your behalf, all you do is notify the Newsprint Coordinator by mail, e-mail, or fax.
Contact for Assistance
Newsprint Survey Coordinator, MC-108
P.O. Box 13087
Austin, TX 78711-3087
Phone Number: 512-239-3143
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org, reference Newsprint Survey in the subject line.