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Tips for Recycling Cardboard at Your Business

Tips for Recycling Cardboard at Your Business

At Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, we are passionate about helping our business clients recover recyclable materials and turn those efforts into a steady revenue stream. To that end, we offer a variety of material recovery services, including an on-site analysis of your current efforts, help brokering deals to sell your used materials and transport of those materials off your site. When it comes to recycling, there are steps that your company can take to make the process more effective, efficient and most importantly, profitable. 

Get it Right From the Very Beginning

The best place to start is by using the appropriate materials and processes to sort recyclable material. Create a system that collects these materials as soon as they become available for recycling. In terms of cardboard boxes, make sure to have a collection area where the boxes are unpacked, making it easy for employees to route materials to the appropriate areas. Train employees to remove any non-cardboard packaging materials and sort those into separate collection areas.

Common practice involves breaking down boxes and stacking them before putting them into the baler, but many companies are starting to find that baling boxes whole results in a more even distribution of material within the finished bale. Experiment with baling both broken down and intact boxes to find what works best for your facility. When baling broken down boxes, make sure to evenly distribute flattened boxes across the entire surface of the baler, which helps to avoid rounded or football-shaped bales. 

It is important to create a system that keeps recyclable materials as clean and dry as possible. When cardboard is contaminated by chemicals, food items or other substances, the overall value of your recyclable waste declines.

Keep Cardboard Clean and Dry

It is important to create a system that keeps recyclable materials as clean and dry as possible. When cardboard is contaminated by chemicals, food items or other substances, the overall value of your recyclable waste declines. Try to prevent contaminated cardboard from becoming mixed in with clean materials, or consider baling dirty boxes together to sell as a separate batch of recycling. Keeping cardboard dry is also important, and reduces the risk of mold and mildew. It also results in lighter stacks and bales, helping to reduce worker injuries.

Why Recycle Cardboard?

There are several reasons to recycle cardboard, some of which are good business practices, and some that are selfless. When it comes to your company's bottom line, recycling cardboard can be a way to turn trash into revenue when bales are sold for recycling. Creating greener policies is also important to your clients and customers, and your efforts can be used in marketing your services. From an environmental standpoint, recycling cardboard improves water conservation, reduces energy use, helps curtail global warming, prevents deforestation and keeps cardboard out of landfills. Those are all excellent reasons to create or improve a cardboard collection and recycling program for your business. 

At Central Kentucky Fiber Resources, we have the skills and experience needed to help you optimize your materials recycling efforts. Contact us today to learn more, and to discuss how our business can help yours to meet and exceed your goals. 

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