Beneﬁts of PAC Membership
• Cost avoidance. Canadian Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) costs approximately $1 billion/year.
If you are a brand owner or retailer in Canada, then you are paying significant EPR packaging recovery fees through various blue box programs in Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba. Other jurisdictions including BC are expanding their programs. In the US the EPR discussion is well underway. You need to be part of the solution to affect change. PAC NEXT will facilitate the optimization of the recovery process and therefore mitigate the cost implications. PAC NEXT will act as a focal point for cooperative efforts between the industry, consumers and governments.
• Join an elite club.
Take a look at our founding member list. This is an exceptional opportunity to network with some of North Americas biggest retailers and brand owners.
• A great customer relationship strategy.
If you are a supplier to a retailer or brand owner then they need your proactive support. Don't expect them to carry the load as they will be reaching out to you for assistance. It is better to be proactive than reactive.
• Packaging waste diversion.
Packaging is a contributor to landfill. The PAC NEXT aspirational goal is "A World Without Packaging Waste". It may take a generation to get there but it is doable. You need to be a contributor to the solution. Discarded packaging is "AS GOOD AS GOLD".
• Support your industry. Be responsible!
If you are part of this industry you are benefiting from it. You need to be making a contribution. Give something back.
• A great learning opportunity. Get smart.
By participating on a technical committee you will be making a contribution while learning from subject matter experts.
PAC is a not-for-profit corporation founded in 1950. PAC relies on membership financial support of annual fees and association activities.
When it comes to industry relations PAC is sought after to consult and speak on members behalf on subjects such as Extended Producer Responsibility, Ontario Waste Diversion Act and Blue Box Program and Sustainable Packaging.
If you want access to the packaging community, PAC is your go-to destination. PAC is the common link in the supply chain that connects members from retailers and quick service restaurants to and including consumer packaged goods, packaging converters, raw material suppliers, pre-press and graphics, packaging machinery, professional services, academic institution and students. There are over 375 corporate and 1400 associate members.
We do not endorse one material or package container over another. We advocate and promote all packaging materials that strive to achieve sustainability according to the Sustainable Packaging Coalition definition of sustainable packaging.
PAC has been the leader in packaging education for the Canadian packaging community since the 1950s.
Only Walmart Vendors or PAC Members are eligible. 550 attendees in June 2007; 850 attendees in Nov 2007; over 1000 attendees in May 2009 and over 700 attendees for the Earth Day & April 22, 2010 event. 1000 attendees for the 2011 event. Watch for the next conference...
Fees based on last year's sales or purchases of packaging material, machinery/equipment, design or other services (Taxes not included).