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You can help keep the world green by keeping your cardboard clean this holiday season.
We all do it. Taking advantage of the great sales after Thanksgiving, most of us are going online and ordering items that will be delivered to our door in, you guessed it, cardboard boxes. So many of those orders are coming from Amazon that there is even a name for it – the Amazon effect. BIG has seen a rise in the amount of cardboard customers are sending in for recycling. Here’s the good news: cardboard is one the easiest materials to recycle.
Corrugated cardboard can be recycled into more of the same material seven times. The cardboard will be baled and sent to a mill, shredded into small pieces, and put in a pulping machine to introduce water/chemicals and break down the cardboard into fibers. Then it can be reused. Recycling cardboard helps cut greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the number of trees cut down and hauled off in pulpwood trucks.
So how do you make sure all those boxes you have can be recycled? Easy – keep it clean! The biggest obstacle to recycling the cardboard is contamination (that’s why pizza boxes don’t get recycled, sauce and cheese inevitably soak through the cardboard so the paper fibers can’t be separated from the oils during the pulping process.) Break down those boxes and make sure you don’t get any food, gum or other icky stuff on them. Then get them to the curb on recycle day and we will take it from there!
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