Cardboard recycling is important - most of the goods we purchase today are packaged in cardboard, creating large amounts of waste.
Paper and cardboard accounts for 43% in weight of all packaging. Products are packaged well to prevent them being damaged in transit and to make them look appealing to the consumer.
Some local council's will collect cardboard as part of their kerbside collections. There are also recycling facilities at local waste management centres and recycling points. Click here to find your nearest recycling bank.
A good way to recycle your cardboard is to add it to your garden compost. Home composting requires 50-70% of 'brown' matter, so adding used paper and cardboard into the compost will help to get the right mix to get the best quality compost.
How can we reduce the amount of cardboard we use?
Try to reduce the amount of card you buy, this can include looking for alternative products with less packaging or buying items in larger quantities - such as cereal.
Cereal packets and cardboard toilet roll innards are often in demand by local playgroups and nurseries.
If you are looking to move house, most removal companies will provide cardboard boxes on loan if they are requested. These can be provided in advance if you are doing your own packing, and are collected after you have finished unpacking.
How is cardboard recycled?
Card is made from wood pulp. To recycle the card it needs to be soaked and agitated, this then release fibres which can then be pulped. Card can be recycled four or five times before the fibres disintegrate.
Recycled card is then used to make new boxes, packaging, stationery and many other things.
When choosing a product look at the packaging to see if it a recycled package. Some recycle logo's now include the percentage of recycled card.
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