Newsprint roll ends free on Thursdays, but be early

Do you still sell the ends of your paper rolls? If so, how much do they cost?

— Colleen D., Gold Hill


That depends on your definition of "sell," Colleen. The Mail Tribune's leftover paper rolls are most certainly available to the public — for the low, low price of free.

The catch? Those copious unprinted roll ends ideal for craft projects and packing are available only once a week — carted out on a first-come, first-served basis at 1 p.m. Thursdays behind the press building at 33 N. Fir St., in downtown Medford, according to staff in our circulation and distribution departments.

The cart heads to the south side of the press and production building near the recycling bin, and circulation staff recommend being behind the building early. Typically only about 10 to 20 paper rolls are carted out each week, and the rolls are often claimed in less than a minute.

— Send questions to “Since You Asked,” Mail Tribune Newsroom, P.O. Box 1108, Medford, OR 97501; by fax to 541-776-4376; or by email to We’re sorry, but the volume of questions received prevents us from answering all of them.

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