This guide will walk you through the process of breaking down boxes so that they can be recycled.
Every year, the commercial sector is responsible for discarding millions of tonnes of cardboard. Not only is it bad for the environment but also incurs high waste management costs.
Why do so many organisations fail to recycle cardboard correctly when they know that doing so could save them time and money?
There are several reasons for this, but one of the most reasons is that cardboard, especially cardboard boxes, can be hard to prepare for recycling.
Most companies do one of two things to dispose of their cardboard: Flat packing or baling.
Here’s how to break down boxes for recycling using these methods:
Try to remove any traces of plastic including tape, shipping labels or packaging material. If the box was in contact with a liquid such as oil you will need to cut that section out.
Turn the box upside down and use a box cutter, knife, or scissors to cut the packaging tape and flatten the box.
Many companies with lower volumes of cardboard waste stop at simply flat packing, but when it comes to recycling cardboard commercially, flattening boxes normally isn’t enough.
Any volume of cardboard will occupy a lot of air space in a waste container, which then requires more frequent pickups and ultimately increases your cost of waste management.
A cardboard baler compacts the waste, saving space and making it more appealing to recyclers.
Remember, it takes three tonnes of trees to produce one ton of virgin cardboard. Training staff to follow the correct cardboard recycling procedures only takes a few minutes.
Furthermore, it can save your company money as an added benefit in terms of space, time and potential income from selling cardboard bales.