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What’s the key difference between paper and most other packaging materials?
Paper packaging is made from a renewable resource
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What’s the largest consumer of the Canadian commercial forest?
Bugs and insects.
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What are the leading causes of deforestation in Canada?
Agriculture and oil and gas projects
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Is Canada running out of trees?
No. The harvest and renewal of trees is in balance.
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Do we cut down a tree every time we need a new box, bag, or carton?
No. Most paper packaging made in Canada is made from 100% recycled material
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Do we use all parts of the tree that we harvest?
Yes, virtually 100%. What cannot be used to make paper is converted into biomass energy to power the mill
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Are Canadian forests responsibly managed?
Yes. Some 40% of the world’s independent, third-party certified forests are right here in Canada
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Do Canadian packaging mills use responsible sources of paper material to make their products?
Yes. Every PPEC-member mill has what is called “chain-of-custody” certification
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Is paper packaging recyclable in Canada?
Yes. Virtually all Canadians can recycle boxes, bags and cartons
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Ontario Blue Box will struggle to make 60% diversion, and none of the ministry’s proposed new targets will be reached

December 16, 2020 – Green visions, aspirational goals, and political grandstanding are all very well in their place. But at some point, we have to be realistic. The fact of the matter is that the overall waste diversion rate of Ontario’s Blue Box is unlikely to improve much over the next ten years, and the new diversion targets proposed by the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) will not be achieved.

These are the stark findings of a PPEC-commissioned study by Dan Lantz of Crow’s Nest Environmental. Lantz has more than 30 years’ experience in the waste and recycling industries.. . .  Read the rest of the post here

How about a different approach to recycled content and the circular economy?

December 4, 2020 – Recycled content is the key component in the creation of a circular economy. It keeps raw materials flowing within the economy longer, reduces the pressure to extract more virgin materials from the earth, and delays their eventual disposal as waste. Recovering more materials for further use also creates jobs. A circular economy is something that companies and governments say they want to encourage.. . .  Read the rest of the post here

Good news and bad news on Ontario’s Blue Box

November 16, 2020 – The good news is that Ontario householders are generating less paper, plastic, glass and metal waste these days, 14% less than they were back in 2003. That is the year the province regulated industry to share the net cost of the province’s popular Blue Box program and waste statistics became more widely available. Of course, the number of people living in the province has increased since 2003,. . .  Read the rest of the post here