The Importance of Cardboard Recycling

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When was the last time you saw cardboard? You may not take much notice of it, but it’s likely you see some form of cardboard every day. Your breakfast cereal box, the back of your notepad, your recent eBay order – all, more than likely, cardboard.


12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used every year. Businesses ranging from retail to manufacturing, food service to health care, education to government all use a large amount of cardboard. When not wet or contaminated with food or oils, cardboard can and should be recycled. It is naturally biodegradable and therefore always best to put in some sort of recycling system, instead of leaving out for the bin men to collect.


Often, cardboard will be made from softwood trees with long fibres, and whilst using cardboard from a forest that replants every time they chop a tree down, like the Velvet adverts, recycling is another way to reduce the deforestation.


Recycling is good for the planet. However, when you recycle, it’s not just your carbon footprint you’re reducing. Many big businesses implement social responsibility programs, helping them to reduce the amount of money they’re spending on waste disposal costs. Many businesses, large and small, find it more cost effective to bale or compact their cardboard waste. This has now become a source of income for businesses, as cardboard bales can be sold on and disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.


One of the best things about cardboard is that lots of businesses use it, and therefore lots of businesses can begin implementing recycling systems and do their bit. Two industries who benefit the most from implementing a recycling strategy include:


Retail: Items are delivered to stores on a regular basis, more than likely in cardboard boxes. Resulting in the retail industry producing a ton of cardboard waste. Whether it be used to package clothing to send out to customers or carry fresh fruit in a supermarket, it’s important that cardboard waste is disposed of in the correct way.


Restaurants: Menus, food deliveries, take away boxes – all cardboard, lots of waste!


In short, it’s important to recycle your cardboard. Whether you’re looking to free some space, improve your carbon footprint, make some money or create a more efficient work environment for your staff – recycle your cardboard.


We tailor our cardboard collection services to suit you. If your business is producing significant amounts of cardboard waste. You could be making money. We work with some of the biggest brands and retailers to manage their cardboard recycling and help them to make more from their waste. For more information on our Cardboard Recycling services visit our page or Get in Touch.