2007-12-13 / News

'Tis the season to recycle those corrugated cardboard boxes

Holiday shoppers, Santa's helpers, moms and dads, good little girls and boys everywhere will find themselves surrounded by the remnants of an unwrapping extravaganza this December 25, as in all the years before. Box makers are hoping that in the aftermath of all that merriment, when stuffing the gift wrap into bags and toting empty boxes out to the garage, families will remember to set aside the corrugated for recycling. Corrugated boxes are sturdy shipping containers, used to safely transport products to stores and homes year-round for over 100 years. Families doing more of their holiday shopping online means more corrugated boxes are coming into their homes than ever. The good news is, those boxes are reusable as storage and shipping containers, and easily recyclable. In fact, corrugated box manufacturers need the old corrugated containers to make new boxes. Corrugated is easily identified by the wavy layer ("flutes") in the middle, between two sheets of paper (usually brown).

"Cardboard should be no more than 2 by 3 feet and should be tied. taped, or in a paper bag and placed in the bottom of your green recycle bin. No plastic coated or dirty cardboard should be recycled." Cheryl Page of Island Rubbish said.

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