PPEC represents over 90% of the Canadian paper packaging industry on environmental issues. The council was founded by four separate sectors of the industry (packaging mills and converters) back in 1990, allowing them to work together and speak with one voice rather than several. Its Board of Directors is representative of the four different sectors and the council operates on a consensus basis.
PPEC lobbies governments; networks with other industry players; co-ordinates action industry-wide; develops practical solutions; and promotes the environmental performance and achievements of the industry as a whole.
It has earned an enviable track record of leadership and innovation over its 25 plus years of existence while achieving a number of world or North American “firsts.”
- Pioneered the composting of waxed corrugated and old boxboard (an alternative to recycling in regions far from recycling mills).
- First in North America to trial and promote the further recycling of old boxboard (today, some 94% of Canadians have access to its recycling).
- First to apply activity-based costing to residential recycling programs (creating a more level playing field between packaging materials) in EPR or industry stewardship programs (Blue Box).
- Pioneered a Food Packaging Protocol for using recycled board (giving confidence to customers using material from residential sources).
- The first paper packaging association in the world whose entire mill membership is now independently third-party certified to internationally recognised “chain-of-custody” standards (responsible sourcing of both virgin and recycled materials).
- First packaging association in Canada and possibly first corrugated association in the world to publicly call for a landfill ban on the type of packaging materials its own members produce.