Board Converting News, August 8, 2022

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tainerboard (used to make corrugated boxes), boxboard (used to make boxboard cartons), and kraft paper (used to make paper bags) – is 81.7 percent, according to the 2020 survey, up from 73.5 percent in 2018. The average has steadily increased from 47 percent in 1990, when PPEC first started collecting recycled content data from Cana- dian mills. “PPEC is proud that the average recycled content of paper-based packaging products continues to increase in Canada,” said Chris Bartlett, Chair of PPEC’s Board of Di- rectors. “Recycled content is a key component of a circular economy, as it keeps raw materials flowing longer, reduc- ing the need to extract virgin materials.” Paper packaging is one of Canada’s original circular economies. Mills produce the raw material used to make paper-based packaging – and the majority use 100 per- cent recycled content – which is sent to a converter, where it is made into packaging products. Once used by the cus- tomer, it is recycled, making its way back to the mill to be remade into new paper packaging products. “Recycling plays a critical role in the environmental sus- tainability of the Canadian paper packaging industry,” says Rachel Kagan, PPEC’s Executive Director. “Canadians ac- tively recycle their paper-based packaging, which allows mills to continue to maintain high levels of recycled con- tent in Canadian made paper packaging.” Other 2020 PPEC Recycled Content Survey findings: CONTINUED ON PAGE 34

very little of it. And paper products are recycled more than any other material. But many consumers believe paper is bad for the environment because corporations and other organizations they trust are telling them so. Two Sides is working hard to change that. You can help Two Sides in the fight to eliminate gre- enwashing and protect North American jobs. If you see instances of anti-paper greenwashing, please send them in a PDF, JPG file or link to Kathi Rowzie is the President of Two Sides North Amer- ica, Inc. Reach her at PPEC: Recycled Content Of Canadian Packaging Increases To 82 Percent The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC) announced the results of its 16th biennial Recycled Content Survey. Every two years, PPEC surveys Canadian mills that make packaging grades about their pa- per packaging import and export shipments, to determine the average recycled content used to make paper-based packaging products in Canada. The average recycled content of domestic Canadian shipments of the three major packaging grades – con-

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