Paper Bag Industry Takes Exception to Retailer Comment

(February 09, 2016)  Canada’s paper bag industry takes strong exception to the claim by Nathalie St-Pierre, vice-president of the Retail Council of Canada, Quebec, that paper bags are much more “damageable” to the environment than plastic bags.
St-Pierre made the claim this week while being interviewed by Global TV on the City of Brossard’s proposed  View Press Release here …


Corrugated recovery hits an amazing 98%

(December 15, 2015)  The recovery of old corrugated containers (OCC) or boxes from Ontario households has hit an amazing 98 per cent. This is the highest recovery rate ever for the common brown box, and makes it the most widely recovered packaging material from  View Press Release here …

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Most Canadian boxes, cartons now 100% recycled content

(June 29, 2015) Most boxes and cartons manufactured in Canada are now 100% recycled content, made completely from old boxes and other used paper material collected from the back of factories, supermarkets, office buildings, or from residential Blue Box programs.   View Press Release here …

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Study Shows Cleanliness of Corrugated Shipping Containers. One hundred percent of containers tested met acceptable sanitation levels.

(February 10, 2015) ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL – Testing and analysis conducted by the University of California-Davis and toxicology experts Haley & Aldrich investigating the cleanliness of corrugated shipping containers confirmed that all corrugated containers tested met acceptable sanitation levels.   View Press Release here …


Get the facts, not fiction on Canadian corrugated boxes

(May 26, 2014) The Canadian paper packaging industry’s environmental council, PPEC, today announced the launch of a new website specifically focused on corrugated boxes:   View Press Release here …


95% of Canadians can now recycle paper boxes and cartons

(22 January, 2014) Canadians can no longer say they’d love to recycle their old paper boxes but can’t do it where they live.

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Two Golds for Cascades at the Canadian Printing Awards

Saint-Jérôme, Québec, November 26, 2013 – Cascades has been once again rewarded at the Canadian Printing Awards with two Gold Awards, the first for Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor and the second for Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology for its new Cascades Enviro Jet paper.

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Emterra Group CEO, Emmie Leung, Named 2013 Executive of the Year in Canadian Waste Sector Executive of the Year Awards

MONTREAL (November 22, 2013)—Emterra Group CEO and Founder, Emmie Leung, has been named the Canadian 2013 Canadian Waste Sector (CWS) Executive of the Year in the large private business category of the inaugural awards program.

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Get the facts, not fiction on Canadian paper bags

(August 10, 2013): The Canadian paper packaging industry’s environmental council, PPEC, today announced the launch of a new website specifically focussed on paper bags:

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Canadian paper packaging mills near 80% average recycled content

(June 25, 2013) The average recycled content of paper packaging produced by Canadian mills for use in Canada is close to 80% Read more…


 IMG_1599_1 PPEC successful in persuading the LCBO to change its shipping rules(January 9, 2013): The paper packaging industry’s environmental council (PPEC) has scored a major breakthrough by persuading the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) to change its shipping rules for wine and liquor boxes. Read more here…
Innovations in Paper Packaging

Innovations in Paper Packaging

(September 30, 2012): Three Innovations Covered

1.Chain-of-Custody Certification
2.Landfill Bans
3.Performance-based Testing Standards for Wine and Liquor Packaging

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No clear environmental answer on bags, says paper

(August 14, 2012): There is no reputable, peer-reviewed life cycle analysis of paper and plastic grocery bags used in Canada that proves one is “environmentally better” than the other, according to the paper packaging industry’s environmental council, PPEC.

“What we have instead,” says executive director, John Mullinder,” is a proliferation of misleading statements and claims, frequently being peddled by commercial self-interest, and some flawed studies that have little to do with the bags that Canadians actually use.” Read more…

Paper industry wants old boxes banned from landfill – “We want to use them again,” says environmental council PPEC

(Embargoed Press Release 9:00 am June 18, 2012) Canada’s paper packaging industry wants the Ontario government to ban old corrugated boxes from landfill. Quebec is moving to ban them from landfill next year and the industry wants Ontario to do the same, says PPEC executive director, John Mullinder. A provincial ban would demonstrate political leadership and is legally required to cover both private and publicly-owned landfills, he says. “It’s a win-win for everybody, but mainly for the environment.” Read more…

Mills achieve sustainability milestone

(24 January, 2012) The environmental body representing the Canadian paper packaging industry (PPEC) has announced a major achievement: all its member mills have received (or have publicly committed to achieving) independent, third-party certification that they use responsible sources of paper fibre to make the board they sell for conversion into boxes, bags or cartons. Read more…

Canadian paper packaging mills close to 80% recycled content

(15 July 2011) The average recycled content of paper packaging produced by Canadian mills for use in Canada has jumped to 77%, according to the industry’s environmental council, PPEC. “This is a very impressive result,” said executive director John Mullinder. “The average has increased by 30% over the last 20 years and we’re very proud of it. Read More… View the Background Report here.

Paper associations get boost

(10 June, 2011) Paper Packaging Canada and the industry’s environmental council PPEC will both be stronger because of measures announced jointly by both boards of directors today.
John Mullinder, who has been President and CEO of Paper Packaging Canada for the last three years as well as running PPEC, will return fulltime to the industry’s environmental council, while industry veteran David Andrews will come aboard as Executive Director of Paper Packaging Canada.
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Unravelling the package problem

(09 June, 2011 Letter to Editor by PPEC) Sorry to rain on your parade but while each Ontarian may generate close to one tonne of garbage per year, most of it is certainly not packaging.
There are no overall provincial statistics on how much packaging is generated in this province, how much is re-used, recycled, composted, burned or landfilled.
Our best estimate (unfortunately based on old national numbers extrapolated to Ontario’s population), is that packaging represents only about 10 per cent of what Ontarians send to the dump. We are not saying that packaging cannot be better designed or that more cannot be diverted. What we are saying is that there are larger chunks of the waste stream that maybe need more attention than hitting on “love-to-hate” packaging every time.

Cutting through the Greenwash

(27 April, 2011) PPEC runs another successful Cutting through the Greenwash seminar (its third) covering the truth about trees, recyclability, recycled content, compostability, life cycle analysis, scorecards and the Global Packaging Project, plus comments on sustainability from a retail/brandowner panel that included representatives from Sobeys, Unilever and McDonalds. Read more…

65% Residential Recovery

(25 February, 2011) The residential recovery of paper packaging for recycling has reached an impressive 65% for most Canadians, according to the industry’s environmental council (PPEC). Read More… You can get the full report in our reports section.

Life cycle analysis of average corrugated box released

(February, 2010) The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) has released a summary and full text (including graphs and diagrams) of a first-ever cradle-to-cradle life cycle analysis of the average US corrugated box. The LCA follows ISO 14040 guidelines including critical review by a panel of experts. See website: