The Latest Ontario Blue Box Recycling Data for Paper-based Packaging

March 2, 2022

Paper-based packaging continues to be the largest captured material in Ontario\’s household Blue Box program, based on new data released by the Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA). Each year, municipalities, recycling associations, and First Nation communities in Ontario report on their residential waste diversion programs to RPRA, through the annual Datacall. The most recent […]

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This National Pizza Day Don’t Forget that Pizza Boxes are Recyclable in Canada

February 8, 2022

It is National Pizza Day on February 9, 2022, and the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) wants to celebrate by reminding you that pizza boxes are recyclable in Canada! You thought we were going to say eat pizza, right? You can do that, too, but don’t forget to recycle that box once you’re […]

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Competition Bureau Archived Canadian Environmental Claims Guide: Now What?

February 1, 2022

On November 4, 2021, the Competition Bureau archived Environmental claims: A guide for industry and advertisers, stating that: “The Guide may not reflect the Bureau’s current policies or practices and does not reflect the latest standards and evolving environmental concerns. The guide will remain available for reference, research and recordkeeping purposes, but it will not be […]

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What PPEC will be Watching in 2022

January 13, 2022

As the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) continues to work on achieving its mission to promote the environmental, social, and economic sustainability of the Canadian paper packaging industry, we will also be closely monitoring the following key issues in 2022. Extended Producer Responsibility and Recycling Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy approach […]

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Happy Holidays from PPEC and thank you for your support in 2021!

December 9, 2021

Greetings from the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council! Thank you for supporting PPEC and our mission to promote the Canadian paper-based packaging industry’s environmental sustainability story. Some of the highlights of our work over the past year include: The release of PPEC’s exclusive 2020 Recycled Content Survey, which shows the average recycled content used to […]

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New Federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change Announced

October 28, 2021

On October 26, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the members of the new Cabinet, following the September 20th election, which saw the Liberals form another minority government. Parliament is slated to return November 22, 2021, at which time the Government of Canada will also deliver a new Throne Speech, which will lay out the government’s […]

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Celebrating Waste Reduction Week and the Circular Economy of Paper-based Packaging

October 21, 2021

The Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) is pleased to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Waste Reduction Week in Canada, taking place this week. Waste Reduction Week is an important program focused on the principles of circular economy, resource efficiency, and waste reduction; principles that PPEC and its members strongly support and apply to […]

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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

September 23, 2021

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 […]

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Sustainable Forest Management is Essential to the Canadian Paper-Based Packaging Industry

September 22, 2021

Sustainable forest management is a fundamental pillar for PPEC and its members and is essential to the Canadian paper-based packaging industry. And what better time to talk about that then during National Forest Week, which is taking place this week. While most paper packaging made in Canada is made with recycled content, the paper fibres […]

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Ontario Blue Box program falls below 60% recycling target

August 25, 2021

Stewardship Ontario’s new 2020 Annual Report provides the most recent data on the performance of the Ontario Blue Box program. Over 729,000 tonnes of packaging and printed paper were recycled in 2019, the most recent year for which data is available, resulting in a 57.3% recycling rate, down from 60.2% in 2018. The Ontario government’s […]

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Ontario Blue Box Update: GFL acquisition of CSSA and new PROs established

August 23, 2021

In June, the Ontario government released the final Blue Box regulation, which sets out the framework to transition to producer responsibility, and transfer the full operational and financial management of the Ontario Blue Box program to producers – the businesses that make and sell obligated materials into the Ontario marketplace – with implementation beginning in […]

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Survey Says: Recycled Content a Key Component to Paper Packaging’s Circular Economy

July 28, 2021

Most boxes and cartons manufactured in Canada are made of recycled content – from old boxes and other used paper material collected from the back of factories, supermarkets, office buildings, and residential Blue Box recycling programs. And there has been a significant increase in average recycled content for paper-based packaging over the years, up from […]

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