Commercial Cardboard Recycling Services
At TrashKing we use recycling facilities whenever possible to reduce the amount of materials sent to the Landfill and ultimately reduce your carbon footprint. Cardboard can easily be recycled if it is in its own separate dumpster. Please call us today to discuss your cardboard recycling needs. Cardboard is actually a commodity and we sell it, so if you produce enough of it, sometimes your bins can be subsidized or free. Please call 604-433-5865 and let us know more details to get a quote.
Cardboard, also referred to as corrugated cardboard, is a readily recyclable material with well established local markets for processing and manufacturing. Waxed, wet, and soiled cardboard is not recyclable but can be composted at commercial composting operations.
Why should you recycle cardboard?
In Massachusetts, all cardboard, paper, and non-waxed cardboard products are banned from disposal by the Massachusetts Waste Bans. According to the MassDEP, cardboard in commercial loads of trash is one of the most common causes of a “failed load.”
In today’s economy, businesses and institutions recycle items like cardboard because it saves them money on waste disposal costs. Recycling is also good for the planet and your local community because it helps conserve valuable resources, reduces pollution from production of new materials and creates jobs. Some large generators of cardboard can bale it or compact it and market it directly to recyclers and receive revenue for this material.
How does it get recycled?
Businesses in Massachusetts can work directly with their hauler to establish cardboard recycling services. Many haulers will collect paper and cardboard together, enabling you to maximize your recycling opportunities while minimizing the space you need for recycling. Please check with your hauler to confirm what types of paper should be collected together in your program.
Once picked up from the business or institution, this material is hauled to a facility where it is sorted and baled. The baled cardboard is then ready to be shipped to paper mills domestically and internationally for recycling into new paper products. There are local markets in Massachusetts, where the entire process takes place. Trucks deliver loads of old corrugated cardboard, the material is inspected, pulped, rolled into sheets, corrugated, glued into new sheets, and cut into shape ready for market.
What happens after it is recycled?
Recycled cardboard is a high quality material that can be used as packaging materials and boxes. Cardboard can be recycled many times without losing its strength. Corrugated cardboard containers that get used for shipping have a high percentage of post consumer recycled content.
Process of Recycling Cardboard
Recycling is one of the easiest and most recognizable ways to go green, and many materials can be recycled, including cardboard. While most people understand how recycling benefits the environment, they may not fully understand the recycling process. People can maximize their recycling efforts once they understand the importance of their role in the process.
The first step in the cardboard recycling process is collecting the materials to be recycled. Check with your recycling center to see what types of cardboard it accepts and whether it offers curbside pickup. If not, you can take the cardboard to the facility yourself. Businesses should contact the recycling center to have a cardboard recycling bin placed on site to collect boxes.
Once the cardboard materials reach the recycling center, they are sorted according to what they're made of. The University of Oregon identifies two types of cardboard for recycling: boxboard and corrugated cardboard. Boxboard includes cereal boxes, cardboard drink containers or any type of thin, non-coated cardboard. Corrugated cardboard refers to the large packing boxes typically used to transport goods.
Once the cardboard has been sorted, the materials are soaked in a mixture of water and chemicals designed to break down the paper fibers and create a pulp. According to Being Earthly, once the fibers are thoroughly broken down, they are combined with new pulp, usually from wood chips. This combination strengthens the weakened fibers and eventually helps them to solidify.
Filtering and De-Inking
The pulpy material is moved through a series of filters to strain out foreign materials that may still be present, such as glue or tape. The pulp is put into a flotation device filled with chemicals that strip off inks or dyes. According to the University of Oregon, this stage cleans the pulp thoroughly and prepares it for the finishing stage.
During the finishing stage, the cleaned pulp is mixed with virgin materials and dried on a flat conveyor belt or table. As it dries, the material is fed through a machine that squeezes out excess water and helps the fibers to form a solid sheet called a linerboard. According to Being Earthly, the linerboard is shipped to manufacturing companies where it may be used to make new boxboard or corrugated materials.