Ontario’s carton recycling rate increased by more than 10 per cent in 2012, says the Carton Council of Canada (CCC).
Through factors such as increased recycling education and product stewardship, the province’s recycling efforts rounded up nearly 8,000 tonnes of cartons throughout 2012, according to CCC’s January 14, 2014 statement to media.
This increase in Ontario also helped raise the national recycling rate from 39 per cent to 41 per cent in 2012.
“The Carton Council of Canada applauds the Ontario municipalities and local businesses for supporting the Ontario Blue Box Program Plan recycling system and for their continued effort to increase carton recycling rates,” says Elisabeth Comere, VP of Government Affairs for the CCC. “The recent improvement is encouraging and a positive sign of continued progress to come,” she adds.
In 2012, the CCC says that aseptic and gable top cartons experienced the second and third highest percentage increases in volumes recycled, despite the recycling system experiencing a decrease of one per cent.
The recycling system in Ontario saw a continued decrease in heavy materials, such as glass and printed papers, while the collection of lightweight, higher volume material such as plastic bottles, milk cartons, juice cartons, aluminum and steel increased, says the CCC.