Sustana Fiber says its mill in Lévis, Quebec, has begun accepting beverage and food cartons for recycling, thereby becoming the first mill in Canada to recycle cartons in the last 20 years.
The company made the move partly to assist Canada’s efforts to prevent shortages of toilet paper and paper towels in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are keen to do our part supporting the supply chain working to make the products people need right now,” says Michele Bartolini, Senior Marketing Director at Sustana.
Canada’s recycling and recovery efforts depend on stable end-markets for post-consumer cartons. Increased recycling of cartons helps avert shortages of the pulp needed to manufacture household paper products, which has become critical as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts consumption patterns and supply chains.
“Ensuring stable end-markets is an essential element of Carton Council Canada’s ongoing mandate, as it is a vital component of a sustainable carton recycling supply chain,” says Isabelle Faucher, managing director of Carton Council Canada. “We are thrilled by the action Sustana Fiber has taken and hope it provides an added incentive for those MRFs who are not yet positively sorting this commodity to start doing so.”