May 8, 2006

Recycled content of paper-based packaging averages nearly 60%

TORONTO, ONT-The recycled content of paper-based packaging approached 60% in 2005, the Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) reported recently. The average recycled content of domestic shipments of material to be converted into corrugated boxes and lighter-weight boxboard cartons rose 1% last year to reach 58%. "The average fluctuates according to marketplace changes such as machine or mill closedowns, but 58% is still a pretty good number and by far the highest of all packaging materials," said PPEC executive director John Mullinder. Containerboard used to make corrugated boxes averaged 54% recycled content in 2005, while boxboard cartons averaged 83% recycled content. PPEC notes that about 73% of Canadian packaging mills produce board from 100% recycled materials.

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