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Celebrating the Recyclability of Pizza Boxes on National Pizza Day

February 9, 2024

It is National Pizza Day on February 9, 2024, and the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) is marking the occasion by celebrating the recyclability of pizza boxes! Pizza boxes are typically made from corrugated board, which is made mostly from recycled content. So once that pizza is eaten, and the box is empty […]

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Environmental Issues PPEC Will Be Watching in 2024

January 8, 2024

PPEC’s look ahead to some of the key paper packaging industry environmental issues for 2024

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Revisiting Paper Packaging’s Circular Economy as Court Rules on Plastics Ban

December 7, 2023

A Canadian Federal Court recently announced its ruling in response to the lawsuit brought forward by the Responsible Plastic Use Coalition (RPUC), made up of companies from the plastics industry, who requested a judicial review of the federal government’s decision to add plastic manufactured items (PMIs) to the List of Toxic Substances under the Canadian […]

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What Reducing Plastics Means for the Canadian Paper Packaging Industry

November 1, 2023

There are so many policy proposals aimed at addressing plastic packaging right now that it can be hard to keep track of it all. The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has been working to stay updated on government and industry initiatives aimed at reducing plastics – both in Canada and globally – and […]

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Happy National Forest Week

Celebrating National Forest Week

September 22, 2023

The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has enjoyed celebrating National Forest Week, which is taking place this week (September 17-23, 2023), as the sustainable management of Canada’s forests is fundamental to PPEC members and the circular economy of the paper packaging industry. Environmental sustainability is at the core of PPEC member company operations, and using recycled […]

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Pittiing Packaging Materials Against

Pitting Packaging Materials Against Each Other Misses the Bigger Picture

June 29, 2023

Recent media articles on the potential of paper packaging to replace some of the single-use plastic items being banned in Canada, such as shopping bags and take-out food containers, miss the bigger picture of waste management and consumption in Canada. Some articles have shared concerns raised by some environmentalists about shifting from plastic to paper packaging […]

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Banning Paper Bags is Not the Solution

Banning Paper Bags is Not the Solution

May 5, 2023

In recent months, the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) has been seeing a concerning trend of some governments choosing to ban paper bags. In Canada, the Yukon banned single-use paper bags of all sizes supplied by retailers to customers, and in the U.S., New Jersey banned paper carryout bags. Both jurisdictions essentially say they have done this […]

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Paper Packaging Leads the Way

Paper-based Packaging Leads the Way for Ontario’s Household Blue Box Program

May 1, 2023

Paper-based packaging continues to be a success story in Ontario\’s household Blue Box program, as measured by marketed tonnage, based on new data released by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA), the regulator mandated by the Government of Ontario to enforce the province’s circular economy laws. RPRA’s new Datacall Report summarizes information generated by the 246 programs participating […]

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Are we putting the cart before the horse

Are we putting the cart before the horse when it comes to EPR in the IC&I sector?

April 24, 2023

The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) monitors environmental issues impacting the Canadian paper packaging industry, especially recycling, since recycled paper-based materials are an important supply of our industry’s feedstock. To that end, we track federal and provincial government activities on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), which is a policy approach in which a producer […]

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The Facts About Sustainable Forestry

The Facts about Sustainable Forestry and the Canadian Paper-Based Packaging Industry

March 21, 2023

Sustainable forest management is essential to the Canadian paper-based packaging industry and its circular economy. And yet, misconceptions surrounding forestry and paper packaging persist when it comes to how paper packaging is made. With today’s International Day of Forests, the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) would like to clear up some of the misconceptions by […]

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Where is Canada's Guidance on Environmental Claims

Where is Canada’s Guidance on Environmental Claims?

March 3, 2023

There continues to be increased global activity and enforcement around environmental claims and greenwashing, the practice of making false or misleading environmental sustainability claims. The U.S. is consulting on updates to its Green Guides, Europe is planning to introduce new laws to prevent greenwashing, and the U.K. is cracking down on net-zero claims. Which leaves […]

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The Circular Economy of a Pizza Box

The Circular Economy of a Recyclable Pizza Box

February 9, 2023

It is National Pizza Day today, and the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) wants to celebrate by reminding you that pizza boxes are recyclable in Canada. Pizza boxes are typically made from corrugated board, and in Canada, corrugated board is made mostly from recycled content. So once that pizza is eaten and the […]

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