The Department of Environmental Protection does have guidelines for getting rid of cardboard boxes. Lots of times, people just toss them away but here’s the thing, if you do actually recycle these, they’re simple, and it doesn’t cost you money. The process is quite easy too, and while collection requirements might be varied, the process is the same. The big thing about recycling is you’re saving the planet, and you can do your part for a greener living by getting rid of your cardboard boxes.
The first thing that you must do, is getting the cardboard together into piles, and from there, take off any plastic and paper that’s on there, or decals that are on the box that can’t be recyclable. Some collection places are more okay with there being some decals on there, others not so much, mainly being that they have to be empty and clean.
At this point, you’ll need to flatten the cardboard for pickup. This can be a little bit of a process, mostly because some boxes are harder to flatten then others. You should also make sure that if they are oversized, you cut these down to the size that is needed, and then tie them into a bundle to handle them easier. You should flatten these with your hand though, and never by feet. Why is that? Well, sometimes the boxes may rip, and it might not be as effective for flattening them. Usually, cutting them and then folding them down flat is the best way, and you should also make sure that the box seal at the bottom is cut with a knife or a box cutter, and then folded down.
At this point, you take the cardboard that’s tied together and then put it outside for collection and make sure that it’s clearly stated that it’s recyclable. Some places are cool with it being next to the trash, some places not so much. The biggest thing to do is to make sure that it’s neat and orderly, and tied together so that it avoids any issues with the company.
If you have a recycling bin already, you may consider trying to put it in there. I don’t suggest that, but instead, put it in the area next to the bin, but also not near the trash, and don’t put it inside the recycle bin. Some companies don’t take it.
That’s all there is to it! If you’re wondering whether or not you want to do this, the best thing to do is to contact your local companies and discuss this with them. You’ll be able to, with the right actions, be able to create a better, more rewarding recycling service. If you’re a business that works with small cardboard boxes, I highly encourage doing this, simply cause it’s obvious that there are some good results from this, and if you need help you can always ask questions regarding it too as well.