John Mullinder

John Mullinder

Aging baby boomers are beginning to impact both the products and the packaging that Canadians will use in the future. more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

Call us multi-taskers. According to the latest waste disposal data from Statistics Canada, Canadians dumped 25.1 million tonnes of waste in 2014, a million tonnes more than we did 12 years ago. So on that score, Canada’s waste pile is growing. more

Apr 18, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

A third, more extensive testing of plastic crates used to ship fresh produce throughout Canada shows some handling improvements but still found sanitary issues such as high total aerobic and yeast and mould counts, and the presence of E. coli. more

Mar 28, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Claims for 100% recyclable and 100% compostable seem to be proliferating. Are they accurate? Are they legal? Or are they just another form of greenwash? more

Mar 18, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Every Tuesday night I come face-to-face with the twin issues of consumption and “sustainable materials management” or the latest buzzword favoured by governments, the “circular economy.” For Tuesday night is Recycling Night. more

Feb 27, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

The good news is that the reported recovery rates for almost every single material category in Ontario’s Blue Box have improved over the last 13 years. The bad news is that several categories have made little progress and lag way behind the others. more

Feb 21, 2017 2:28 PM Columns

When you crunch the numbers on Canada’s various provincial Blue Box systems, one fact stands out more than any other. The Blue Box is basically a Paper Box, part of a larger feeder supply network for Canadian and other paper recycling mills. more

Jan 14, 2017 12:00 AM Columns

Chickens are not something we would normally write about. And, in fact, this little story has less to do with dead chickens than with how they journey across Toronto in the after-life before landing between our knives and forks. Let me explain. more

Dec 21, 2016 5:09 PM Columns

There’s just something about paper! Thirteen years of data on what ends up in Ontario homes tells us that Canadians, or at least those who live in Ontario, cannot or do not want to shuck their paper habit, despite all those urgent exhortations to. more

Dec 18, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

The last 100 years of packaging in Canada have seen the replacement of heavy wooden crates with lighter corrugated boxes, and the rise of plastic and composite packaging, mainly at the expense of glass. more

Dec 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Our customers in the paper packaging industry are driven by environmental and sustainability issues like never before. What’s motivating them, and what do they want? more

Oct 26, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

As whoppers go, this is a big one. The plastics lobby wants you to believe that only 7% of plastic shopping bags are thrown away in Montreal: “ZERO WASTE – CLOSE TO IT,” it proudly claims. What a stretch! more

Oct 22, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

There is no doubt that some goods are over-packaged and that more can be done to reduce the amount of paper, glass, metal, and plastic packaging that ends up in consumers’ homes. But blaming packaging all the time is only part of the story. more

Sep 14, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

Aging baby boomers are beginning to impact both the products and the packaging that Canadians will use in the future. more

Aug 4, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

A recent Statistics Canada report on household e-waste reveals some interesting diversion data on other materials. more

Jul 14, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

IFCO report uses inaccurate data for corrugated containers. more

May 20, 2016 12:00 AM News

The Canadian plastics industry has quietly deleted a couple of the false claims it was making on its bags website. PPEC highlighted the claims in a blog last month. more

May 5, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

The Canadian plastics industry is embellishing the credentials of a study it says proves that plastic bags are more “environmentally friendly” than paper bags. more

Apr 20, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

We frequently hear and see comments about paper “dying” or being supplanted by other materials. It’s not happening, or at least not happening in the way many people think. more

Apr 4, 2016 12:00 AM , Columns

When the plastic industry promotes and widely circulates false and misleading claims about the environmental impact of paper bags in Canada, we have an obligation to defend ourselves, and to ensure Canadians get all the facts. more

Mar 9, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

We were struck by a sentence in the recently released draft Strategy for a Waste Free Ontario. Not by what was said, but rather by what was not said. more

Feb 22, 2016 12:00 AM Columns

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