Cardboard

Cardboard is one of the most common forms of packaging around so it's not uncommon for businesses to produce considerable volumes of it. As cardboard is made from pulp, and pulp is made from trees, it makes sense to recycle as much as we can. Also the process of recycling cardboard compared with creating it anew is much easier and efficient too.

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How is it collected?

Depending on the volume of cardboard your business creates, cardboard can be collected in different forms. Small volumes can be bundled and left on the street or deposited in a wheelie bin. Medium sized volumes might be collected into several wheelie bins or an FEL. Larger volumes usually employ a compactor to crush the cardboard down inside a container or a dedicated baler can be installed on site to crush the cardboard into manageable bales. These bales would then be loaded onto a lorry.

12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard are used annually in the UK

Where does it go?

The loose or baled cardboard is usually collected from you, taken to a waste transfer station, rebaled and then transported in bulk to paper mills. The cardboard is mulched and this is then used to make new cardboard products.

How much does it cost?

Cardboard is a valuable resource but its price fluctuates throughout the year. Smaller bins are usually subsidised, making them approximately a third cheaper than general waste collections. Medium sized collections where volumes are slightly higher can be free to collect. For industrial volumes, a rebate is usually received.