I thought readers might enjoy reading this letter that PPEC Executive Director John Mullinder sent to the Toronto Star about incorrect statements from Toronto Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker.
October 14, 2008
Toronto Star VIA EMAIL RE: Toronto’s loose cannon misfires again
Toronto Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker would have more credibility if he got his facts right before opening his mouth (Rethinking the idea of packaging, Toronto Star October 11, 2008).
To claim that paper grocery bags and telephone books are the result of “ripping down thousand-year-old trees in British Columbia to use once …and then throwing (them) in the garbage” is just plain ignorant and irresponsible.
Most paper grocery bags used in Canada come from US plantation forests that have been third-party certified as being sustainably managed. The minority that come from Canadian managed forests (again certified) are made from wood chips, shavings and sawdust that are left over after harvesting trees for lumber (to make hospitals, universities and Councillor De Baeremaeker’s house).
As for telephone books, most are made from 100% recycled paper materials (old newspapers and egg cartons).
And while he’s checking his facts, maybe Councillor De Baeremaeker could find time to investigate the latest Blue Box recovery rates for Ontario: 72% for paper overall and 88% for telephone books.
PAPER & PAPERBOARD PACKAGING
ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL (PPEC)