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Recycled content up


April 25, 2006
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Shipments of corrugated and boxboard material for use in Canada were close to 60% average recycled content in 2005,…

Shipments of corrugated and boxboard material for use in Canada were close to 60% average recycled content in 2005, according to a report issued by the Paper & Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council (PPEC).

The report further confirmed the average recycled content of domestic shipments of material to be converted into corrugated boxes and boxboard cartons rose 1% in 2005 to reach 58%.

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“The average fluctuates according to marketplace changes such as machine or mill closedowns,” said PPEC executive director, John Mullinder, “but 58% is still a pretty good number and by far the highest of all packaging materials.”

Containerboard used to make corrugated boxes averaged 54% recycled content in 2005, while its lighter cousin, the boxboard carton, averaged 83% recycled content. Roughly 73% of Canadian packaging mills manufacture board from 100% recycled materials.


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