At the beginning end of the newsprint recycling chain, newspapers such as the Journal-World and the University Daily Kansan face the problems of supply and demand when trying to print on recycled paper.
Ralph Gage, general manager of The World Company, which publishes the Journal-World, said the company sent its waste newspaper to Central Fiber but had difficulty finding a steady supply of fresh recycled newsprint.
And when the Journal-World printed its Earth Day issue on recycled paper in April, he said, it was the most expensive issue published all year.
The Kansan, the KU student newspaper, printed on 100 percent recycled paper from March 1989 until July 1991, said John Sayler, director of University Printing Services.
The Kansan used a brand of recycled newsprint called Manistique but stopped because it was 11 percent more expensive than another brand which was made available on state contract.
KU departments, like all state agencies, must buy products that are on state contract.
Sayler said printing services would be interested in using Manistique again if the price went down.
"The pressmen loved it," he said. "It handled better on the presses and took ink better than the regular paper. The Kansan just couldn't afford it anymore."
Bill Willey, administration manager at Nationwide Papers in Topeka, said the company last year had sold 100 million pounds of Manistique but had sold only 200,000 pounds so far this year.
Last year, the recycled paper was the only newsprint on state contract, he said. This year, the contract offered a less expensive, nonrecycled option.
Doug Eberly, sales manager at Nationwide in Kansas City, Mo., said recycled paper was more expensive because of the costs involved in collecting used newspapers and removing the ink from them.