Corrugated Packaging Alliance responds to public
Chicago, IL— Public comments
to the corrugated industry’s new, draft standard for moisture
barrier repulpability and recyclability were presented in the
Corrugated Packaging Alliance’s March 21 forum in Chicago.
Approximately 40 people, representing various stakeholders, attended
the two-hour session.
The draft voluntary standard,
issued for public comment on February 1, 2005, has been developed
by an ad-hoc committee, jointly sponsored by the American Forest
& Paper Association (AF&PA) and Fibre Box Association
(FBA). Participating member companies include Georgia-Pacific,
International Paper, Longview Fibre, The Newark Group, Packaging
Corporation of America (PCA), Sonoco, Smurfit-Stone, Temple-Inland
The standard represents an important
part of the corrugated industry’s goal of maximizing the
recovery of corrugated in the normal OCC recycle stream. Action
steps supporting that goal include encouraging development and
use of recyclable products; developing an industry-wide recyclability
test; consistently marking all corrugated that can be recovered
in the normal OCC recycle stream; and encouraging development
of iceless cooling solutions.
The draft standard includes testing
protocol for establishing repulpability and recyclability that
can be certified by the box manufacturer. Approximately 20 people
submitted more than 60 comments and questions for the forum discussion.
A number of technical questions
also were raised and answers were provided by the forum leaders:
Dwight Schmidt, executive director of the Corrugated Packaging
Alliance, and Hal Tanner, consultant to the containerboard and
corrugated industries, with input from committee members also
in attendance. Detailed comments, questions and answers will be
posted on the corrugated industry website (www.corrugated.org)
on April 15, 2005, after the committee reviews additional comments
received at the forum and in the time remaining before the comment
period closes on April 1, 2005.
At that point, properly warranted
changes will be made to the draft standard and it will be presented
to the appropriate association boards of directors for votes to
approve or deny implementation. Results of board actions will
be announced in mid-May. If the standard is implemented, the corrugated
industry committee will monitor submitted test results on a de-identified
basis and review the standard once again for possible modification
after 18 months.