Macon Telegraph to use biodegradable delivery bags

MACON, Ga. (AP) - The Macon Telegraph is getting greener and will begin delivering the newspaper in biodegradable bags.

The newspaper is owned by The McClatchy Company and was founded in 1826. The announcement was made on Wednesday by GP Plastics Corp., a manufacturer of polyethylene bags for the newspaper
industry.

The newspaper already uses 100 percent recycled paper and water-soluble ink, said George McCanless, the Telegraph's president and publisher.

"This is one more step in our efforts to be a proactive,responsible community citizen," McCanless said.

According to GP Plastics, the bags are oxo-biodegradable, and
typically degrade in two to three years, depending on landfill conditions. The company says that when exposed to air, the bags degrade completely in a few months.

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