Federal Register Now Printed by GPO on 100% Recycled Paper
Press Release · Monday, October 26, 2009

Washington, DC

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR) and the US Government Printing Office (GPO) today made history by printing the Federal Register on 100% recycled paper. By using 100% recycled paper, GPO and OFR will reduce paper landfill waste across the country. GPO has been testing 100% recycled paper during the past year. Those tests showed no difference in printability or run-ability as compared to the 40% post consumer waste recycled paper GPO has been using for years.

"We are proud of the efforts of our partners at the GPO to promote maximum recyclable processes in printing Federal Register publications," said Raymond A. Mosley, Director of the Federal Register. "Along with efforts to improve the delivery of products digitally, the use of 100% recyclable papers for printed products, minimizes our ’carbon footprint,’" Mosley said.

"This is a great achievement for GPO's plant by providing one of our most valued customers a choice of using more environmentally responsible paper," said Public Printer Bob Tapella. "Practicing sustainable environmental stewardship is a top priority for GPO. I appreciate the assistance and support from our colleagues at the Office of Federal Register in using 100% recycled paper to produce this historic and all future editions of the Federal Register."

The Office of the Federal Register, within the National Archives and Records Administration, publishes seven major publications containing the official text of Federal laws, Presidential documents, administrative regulations, public notices, and the descriptions of Federal organizations, programs and activities. Its premier publications are the daily Federal Register and the 226-volume Code of Federal Regulations.

The GPO is the Federal Government's primary centralized resource for gathering, cataloging, producing, providing, authenticating, and preserving published U.S. Government information in all its forms. GPO is responsible for the production and distribution of information products and services for all three Branches of the Federal Government. In addition to publication sales, GPO makes Government information available at no cost to the public through GPO's Federal Digital System (, GPO Access (, and through partnerships with approximately 1,250 libraries nationwide participating in the Federal Depository Library Program. For more information, please visit the GPO Web site (


This page was last reviewed on February 12, 2019.
Contact us with questions or comments.