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Waste Cardboard – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Nowadays most products we buy and sell are transported in cardboard boxes of some shape, type or size. It should come as no surprise that this material represents a significant percentage of our waste stream in the UK.

Businesses produce a steady stream of cardboard waste in their day to day operations. Finding ways to responsibly manage this waste benefits the business owner, the local community and of course the environment in general.

Reusing Cardboard

A cardboard box used to transport goods to their destination will normally be in good enough shape and suitable for reuse. Reusing cardboard packaging to transport another item or store goods, gives you an ideal opportunity to divert the material from your waste stream. You’ll also save the money that might have otherwise been spent on new packaging.

Choosing Your Supplier

When purchasing cardboard products, ask your supplier for products with recycled content. These products will display a recycling symbol – a sequence of three arrows at a right angle. You may also see a percentage in the middle of this symbol, to represent the proportion of recycled materials.

Speak to your suppliers about reducing the amount of non-essential packaging they use. Or you could explore the possibility of returning the packaging for reuse.

One Of The Easiest Materials To Recycle

The fibre in cardboard has previously been processed, making it one of the easiest materials to recycle. It is important to keep this valuable resource out of landfill and to reuse and recycle it instead.

When left to decompose in landfill, bulky cardboard takes up a great deal of space. As the organic material begins to decompose it releases a great deal of gas and the unpleasant smelling sulphides and ammonia. These are the most common source of landfill odour.

Some Quick Facts:

  • A single tree is capable of filtering up to 60 pounds of pollutants from the air over one year.
  • One ton of cardboard takes up more than nine cubic yards of landfill space.
  • The process of recycling cardboard produces half of the quantity of sulphur dioxide, compared to the emissions that are released when making cardboard from virgin pulp.

Taking Responsibility

We all need to be responsible in terms of the way we treat our resources and place value on waste materials. This applies on a small scale in our homes or on a larger scale at work and as business owners.

Obviously, it is not possible to stop packaging products completely, but by reusing and recycling responsibly, using materials in a more efficient way we can collectively make a difference.

Create A Source Of Revenue By Recycling Your Cardboard

Putting a comprehensive waste management system in place to manage your waste cardboard through baling and recycling can create a source of revenue for many business owners.

We stock an excellent selection of balers for sale or rental, ranging from small portable machines to large automated baling systems. Additionally, baling twine and wires are also relevant in the recycling of cardboard as they help bind waste together to ease the recycling process. Cardboard compactors are also useful in reducing cost, saving time and improving efficiency to the waste management process.

For more information about how the installation of a baler on your premises could financially benefit your business please do not hesitate to get in touch with a member of our team who will be happy to provide you with all of the information you need.

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