More than 90 percent of the items shipped in the U.S. are packaged in cardboard. A vast amount of it goes into the trash and ends up in the landfill. Communities across the nation are making efforts to recycle cardboard to protect the environment and reduce the amount of trash in landfills. Consider these benefits of recycling your cardboard shipping boxes or other cardboard materials.
Reduces Global Warming
As cardboard breaks down in the landfill it releases a greenhouse gas called methane, and methane effects global warming 21 times more than carbon dioxide. The process of recycling cardboard to make new paper products also reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses released into the environment. For every ton of cardboard that is recycled, there is a corresponding reduction of 1 ton of CO2 emissions. Choosing to recycle your cardboard products can have a significant impact on reducing global warming.
Lowers Energy Use
Because cardboard in made from processed fibers from wood products, recycled cardboard requires less processing than using virgin products. Less processing naturally translates to reduced energy use and less reliance on fossil fuels or fuel sources that harm the environment.
Processing wood products to make paper products uses vast amounts of water, but because recycled cardboard has already been processed it takes much less water to make new products. In fact, processing recycled cardboard saves approximately 7,000 gallons of water per ton of cardboard.
Helps Prevent Deforestation
Recycling cardboard reduces the need to cut down trees to make paper products. It is estimated that recycling 1 ton of cardboard saves between 12 and 17 trees, depending on several variables, such as the pulpwood process used and the amount of post-consumer product used to make the recycled paper product. This preserves the natural habitat of the earth’s many animal species and making the world a better place for everyone.
Keeps Landfill Space Open
Cardboard takes up a lot of room in the nation’s landfills. It is estimated that for every ton of cardboard that is recycled, 9 cubic yards of landfill space is spared. That leaves more room for the things that actually belong there.
If your business generates cardboard, recycling it is the responsible thing to do. Typically, it requires breaking down the boxes and checking that they do not contain food particles, grease or other contaminants. While many communities provide curbside cardboard recycling, if you have large amounts of cardboard to recycle, you might need to deliver it to a recycling center or arrange for pickup.
If you are looking for ways to do your part in recycling cardboard or other recyclable products, contact us for a business consultation. We can help you identify areas that need your attention and help you implement a plan to make the most of recycling your waste products.