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Nov 8Corrugated Industry Responds to BBCs Dirty Crates Article
The United Kingdom's Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has issued a press release in response to a BBC article about dirty returnable plastic crates (RPCs) used by retailer Asda for home delivery of groceries (
Oct 31Publication of Study Supports Corrugated Industry’s Commitment to Science, Facts

ITASCA, IL (October 31, 2016) – The publication of third-party, peer-reviewed research in a recent edition of the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B supports the corrugated industry’s commitment to science and facts when communicating about packaging materials.  

Oct 11Manufacturers Team with Suppliers to Promote the Corrugated Industry

ITASCA, IL (October 11, 2016) – The Fibre Box Association (FBA) is pleased to announce its partnering with corrugated industry suppliers to launch a five-year Corrugated Industry Promotion Program beginning in January 2017.

Sep 14Scientific Work Shows How Corrugated Stops Bacteria
New scientific work explains why corrugated packaging outperforms returnable plastic containers (RPCs) when it comes to micro-biological contamination.
Aug 23Corrugated Industry Links Rise in Recycled Content to Advancements in Papermaking Technology
The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) today announced that advancements in papermaking technology and the availability of high-quality fiber have made it possible to reuse more old corrugated containers (OCC) in the manufacturing process while at the same time maintaining the strength characteristics of new boxes.
Aug 3New Infographic Chronicles Corrugated Recycling Growth

The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) today released a new infographic depicting the twenty-year growth in recovery of corrugated materials for recycling. Corrugated “cardboard” is recycled more than any other packaging material in the U.S.

The new infographic can be downloaded here

Jun 30 New Research Shows Fruit Packed in Corrugated is Safer and Fresher than in RPCs

Corrugated Provides Superior Shelf Life, Resistance to Cross-Contamination

ITASCA, IL (June 29, 2016) – New scientific research indicates that corrugated packaging keeps fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates (RPCs) and can significantly reduce contamination from transferred microorganisms.

Jun 23Corrugated Recovered for Recycling Hits All-Time High of 93 Percent in 2015
ITASCA, IL (June 23, 2016) – The U.S. recovery rate of old corrugated containers (OCC) rose by 3.7 percentage points in 2015 to a record-high 92.9 percent. The increase was driven by a 3.5 percent increase in domestic consumption of recovered fiber and a 10.6 percent jump in OCC exports.
May 10IFCO Report Uses Inaccurate Data for Corrugated Containers
"We have been reluctant to comment on IFCO’s latest LCA without having access to the actual report that identifies the boundaries, key assumptions and methodologies used in the study. Transparency is a key LCA requirement and publishing the full facts allows them to be fairly and accurately understood", said CPA Executive Director Dennis Colley. "We are disappointed in the approach used by IFCO to announce the report’s findings."
Feb 18Food Safety News: Research Shows Corrugated Enters Food Chain Clean
Feb 2Temperature, Time Testing Proves Corrugation Process Destroys Bacteria

A new study shows the process of combining linerboard and medium to make corrugated packaging is sufficient to destroy common food pathogens, effectively meeting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) requirements for chemical sanitizers.