Landfill Bans

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PPEC supports banning old corrugated boxes from landfill as it would reduce methane and ensure that paper packaging is diverted and recycled.

When organic waste – such as food, yard waste, and paper products – is disposed in landfills, it produces methane, a greenhouse gas. Government, industry, and consumers all must take as much action as possible to reduce GHG.  As part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to reduce emissions by 40 to 45% below 2005 levels by 2030, and achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, they are looking at ways to reduce methane emissions from municipal solid waste landfills. Banning boxes is one action that can be taken. 

Banning corrugated boxes from landfill would: 

  • reduce methane and carbon dioxide emissions from landfills, 
  • increase waste diversion, prolong landfill life, 
  • create jobs and fuel innovation, and 
  • reduce the packaging mills’ needs to import used boxes from the US.

A landfill disposal ban is a tool that stipulates that certain materials are not accepted for disposal; they are often used when there is a recycling program in place for that material. For example, Nova ScotiaPrince Edward Island, and Metro Vancouver have banned corrugated cardboard from their jurisdiction’s disposal sites.

Every single packaging mill in the province uses old corrugated collected from the back of factories, supermarkets, office buildings or from curbside to make new packaging, most of it 100% recycled content. Recycled paper packaging represents our industry’s feedstock as it is continually collected and recycled through residential and business recycling programs, allowing those materials to be remade into new paper packaging products again and again.

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