The most efficient way for companies to manage their card recycling waste is by hiring or buying a waste baler. It means having fewer bins, and less office time will be lost dealing with card recycling. Waste balers also cut down on landfill fees and collection costs, which can only be a good thing as landfill rates are going up to £80.00 this year.
When thinking about recycling cardboard, there are two types to take into consideration: corrugated cardboard, identifiable by the ribbed inner layer for protection, and paperboard or chipboard as its also known, which is a single sheet and is often of a higher quality grade. Paper and cardboard cannot be recycled together and should be separated before collection. If a local authority allows them to be collected together, it means that they are sorted later.
Cardboard fibres become shorter every time they are recycled. Typically, a piece of cardboard can be recycled four or five times. However, even after it has had its day as a humble piece of cardboard, it can still be used for something else. Finished card is often used in the production of animal bedding or insulation. Cardboard can also be composted and makes great mulch for killing weeds.
Every ton of recycled cardboard saves up to nine cubic yards of landfill space and recycling cardboard is a more sustainable option than cutting down trees to make new cardboard products. A ton of recycled cardboard also saves 390 kWh hours of electricity, which equates to 46 gallons of oil, or 6.6 btu’s of energy. Cardboard and paper waste makes up 41% of all solid waste in this country.
During an environmental study, an unnamed, large town being surveyed managed to recycle 1,627 tonnes of cardboard in a year. That was great — but 2.5% of their waste was cardboard and the same town sent 9,650 tonnes of cardboard to landfill that year, incurring a large, ‘Can do better,’ comment in red pen, on their metaphorical report card.
Card recycling is also important because decomposition causes Methane gasses to build up, which is a major contribution to climate change. Cardboard recycling is the socially selfless way forward — Britain can do better!