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It’s been just over four weeks since Gov. DeWine issued Ohio’s first stay-at-home order. In that time, retailers have reported a surge in online shopping. That means people are getting a lot of goods delivered to their homes, and many of those goods are arriving in shipping boxes.
Shipping boxes are made from corrugated cardboard, the “corrugated” being that ruffled, or grooved, inner sheet sandwiched between two outer layers that gives the boxes more durability.
Corrugated cardboard is 100% recyclable and can easily be recycled at the curb or at one of SWACO’s drop-off recycling centers conveniently located throughout Franklin County. Yet people are throwing away a lot of corrugated cardboard instead of recycling it. Based on a 2019 study of Franklin County’s waste stream, more than 10% of the material in the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill is corrugated cardboard, second only to food scraps. In fact, the amount of cardboard being thrown away every year could fill 21,800 garbage trucks, which end-to-end would stretch from Columbus to Cleveland!
Just think how much waste we could keep out of the landfill if we all recycled our corrugated cardboard instead of throwing it in the garbage. We hope you’ll make a pledge in honor of Earth Day to always recycle shipping boxes made of corrugated cardboard. It’s so easy!
All you have to do is remove any packing materials, make sure the box is clean and dry, and flatten the box before adding it to the recycling container (this step saves space and allows room for more recyclables). You don’t even have to remove the packing tape.
Recycled corrugated cardboard is used to make new corrugated cardboard in Ohio, as well as paper towels, writing paper, shoe and cereal boxes, and more. Perhaps most important, recycling cardboard saves trees and reduces pollution. So when you choose to recycle, you’re making a difference for our environment, our economy and our community.
Look here for a list of drop-off recycling locations.
Thank you and happy Earth Day!