Cardboard recycling has become more important than ever during this time of COVID‑19. Facilities such as hotels, factories, and schools, which have traditionally generated and recycled significant quantities of cardboard, are experiencing reduced operations or are shut down.
Residential collection programs are also suspended in some cities and towns. However, suppliers are experiencing an increased demand for cardboard packaging made from recycled fibers as many individuals and businesses are ordering more products for delivery.
It takes three tons of trees to create one ton of virgin cardboard, but cardboard can be recycled five or more times — making recycling essential to the packaging industry supply chain.
What Can You Do?
If you lead a green team at your business or have the ability to impact waste management and recycling decisions at your place of employment, you can implement a recycling plan. If you are in the Kansas City Area, there are several great resources to help you develop a business recycling plan. On the Missouri side, Bridging the Gap has a business recycling program. In Johnson County, the Department of Health and Environment also has a business recycling program. You can also check with your current solid waste management provider to see what options they may have for providing a bin to collect and recycle cardboard.
If you are an individual in the Kansas City area, there are a number of local drop off locations in addition to a number of municipalities that provide curbside collection of cardboard. This options include Bridging the Gap Recycling Centers, the Overland Park Recycling Center, Olathe Recycling Centers, and the Wyandotte County Recycling and Yard Waste Center. Additionally, the Mid-America Regional Council’s website, recyclespot.org, provides information on regional recycling centers.
If you are not in the Kansas City area, check with your local municipality or waste hauler for drop off location information.