October 29, 2007

PPEC reports increase in average recycled content of corrugated, boxboard shipments

TORONTO, ONT-Shipments of corrugated and boxboard material for use in Canada contained nearly 70% recycled content, on average, in 2006, according to data provided by the Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC). The national association reports that the average recycled content of domestic shipments of material to be converted into corrugated boxes and boxboard cartons jumped 9% in 2006 to reach 66%. Containerboard used to make corrugated boxes averaged 66% recycled content in 2006 while its lighter cousin, the boxboard carton, averaged 83% recycled content. "The average fluctuates according to marketplace changes such as machine or mill closedowns," says PPEC executive director John Mullinder, "in this case reflecting the closure of two large virgin mills and the start-up of a new 100% recycled one. But 66 per cent is still a pretty impressive number." Some 65% of Canadian packaging mills manufacture board from 100% recycled materials. More information is available from John Mullinder at PPEC, 416/626-0350, FAX 416/626-7054, E-mail ppec@ppec-paper.com.

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