Cardboard is one of the most widely used materials by businesses across the UK and, on the whole, it is easily recycled. However, there are types of cardboard that are not so easily disposed of. In this post, we will discuss cardboard recycling and how your business can make the most out of your card/paper recycling efforts.
What type of cardboard can be recycled?
The following types of cardboard CAN be easily recycled:
- Cardboard boxes (e.g. cereal boxes)
- Corrugated cardboard
- Online delivery boxes
- Cardboard envelopes
- Egg boxes
The following types of cardboard CAN’T be easily recycled:
- Cardboard which contains foodstuffs (e.g. pizza boxes)
- Cardboard with wax layers
How is cardboard recycled?
The process of recycling cardboard usually involves mixing used cardboard and paper with water and chemicals in order to break it down into a paste. It is then chopped up and heated to reduce the paste to a pulp. Following that, it is strained to remove plastic, de-inked to remove any markings, bleached, and mixed with water. Then this material is used to produce cardboard and paper.
Here is a quick video explaining the process:
Best business practices for cardboard waste
Since it is fairly likely that your business will come into contact with cardboard waste, it is important that you are doing your best to recycle it.
The sure-fire way to ensure that your business is on top of its cardboard waste is to have a waste management service that offers cardboard recycling either as a dedicated service or as part of a dry-mixed recycling service such as the one we provide at CheaperWaste.
To make sure you’re making the most out of this cardboard service you will need to have a segregated bin and make sure that cardboard that cannot be recycled easily (such as pizza boxes as discussed earlier) are not put into this bin.
Best practices for how your business can make the most out of its dedicated waste-type services can be found here.
If you need a cardboard waste collection service then you can get a free quote by filling out this form below: