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Inland Empire Plans Push on Recycled Paper

June 2, 1990

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) _ Inland Empire Paper Co. plans to purchase equipment by the end of next year that will enable it to produce half of its paper from recycled newspapers, a company official says.

The move reflects market demand for recycled newsprint from the 100-ton capacity plant at Millwood, east of Spokane, said Clyde B. Anderson, Inland Empire president and general manager.

The equipment, which would remove ink from old newspapers so that they can be recycled more easily, is expected to be in place by the end of 1991, he said Thursday.

Anderson declined to give the specific cost of the equipment, but said the equipment will cost about $150,000 per ton of daily capacity. That would be about $15 million at the 100-ton-a-day plant.

The decision to purchase the de-inking equipment stemmed in part from requests from the company’s largest customers, The Seattle Times and two San Francisco newspapers, to use more recycled paper, Anderson said.

Inland Empire is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Cowles Publishing Co., which publishes The Spokesman-Review and Spokane Chronicle newspapers.

In addition to the newsprint mill, the company owns and manages more than 100,000 acres of forest land in Eastern Washington and northern Idaho.