Cardboard

Recycling

Cardboard is highly recyclable! 

Prep for recycling

  • Remove all packaging material.
  • Remove tape.
  • Flatten cardboard box. (One unflattened carboard box takes up the space of 6 flattened boxes.)
  • Remove any pieces soiled with food and place those sections in trash.
  • Cardboard that has been decorated with glitter, glue, paint, and/or tape should be placed in the trash. These items are contaminants and render it nonrecyclable.

If ordering online, request your items are packaged in an eco-friendly manner. Request minimal plastic packing and opt to have your order delivered in fewer boxes. For Amazon, request Frustration Free packaging to reduce waste.

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Break Down Boxes

It’s easier for sanitation workers to handle and sort boxes that are broken down. Make sure to break down your cardboard boxes.

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Clean Cardboard Only

Do not recycle cardboard that is wet or contaminated by food residue or grease. You can recycle clean pieces of cardboard by cutting away the soiled pieces.

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Corrugated Cardboard Is Recyclable

All types of cardboard can be recycled except if they’re coated in wax. Recycle corrugated cardboard when possible.

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Shiny or Glossy Cardboard Is Recyclable

Shiny or glossy cardboard can be recycled, such as a toothpaste box. Waxed cardboard cannot be recycled, which you can identify by scratching off the wax.

Did You Know?

Going Flat: Good or Bad?

Check out this short cartoon for a tip on how to recycle cardboard.

Cardboard Recycling

About 70 percent of commercial shipping boxes that are made out of cardboard will be recycled. To be recycled, boxes are first turned into pulp, and then the fibers are separated and bleached. After these fibers are screened, they are washed, pressed and then rolled into paper.