Cardboard is made up of several layers of paper to create a heavy-duty material that is often used in packaging. There are two main forms of cardboard used within the UK – both of which are easily recyclable. This includes paperboard, which is relatively thin and used for cereal boxes and egg cartons. Corrugated paperboard is much stronger and thicker and is therefore used primarily in the transportation of goods. Cardboard waste, therefore, refers to any old, used, or damaged cardboard products.
As a result, we produce large volumes of cardboard waste in both our professional and personal lives – whether you are transporting goods for your company or have worked your way through one too many boxes of coco-pops. As a result, it’s important that you know exactly how to manage and dispose of your cardboard waste – and Divert can help.
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We’re all guilty of producing cardboard waste. However, from a business standpoint, Cardboard waste occurs most frequently in the following industries:
Manufacturing. For example, cardboard boxes may be used to store products ahead of (or during) transportation, as they are rather durable. This protects the items from being damaged during transit.
Retail. The vast majority of retail cardboard waste comes in the form of product packaging for all manner of items – from food to cosmetics.
Food service. Food service venues such as restaurants and takeaways also produce large volumes of food waste, particularly when it is used to store their food (e.g., pizza boxes).
Education. Educational facilities such as schools, colleges, universities, and even nurseries also produce large volumes of cardboard waste. In these institutions, cardboard is used for storage and recreational activities such as arts and craft classes. Cardboard is also often used to create classroom displays.
In the UK alone, we use around 12.5 million tonnes of paper and cardboard annually. As you can imagine, this amounts to a lot of waste once the products have served the purpose – and despite being widely recycled, around 7 million tonnes of Cardboard waste finds its way to landfill sites each year.
There are various steps you can take to reduce the amount of cardboard waste produced within the day-to-day running of your business.
Try to reuse products where possible. For example, so long as they are not damaged, cardboard boxes can be used several times. Simply flatten the box and store it in a cool, dry space until you need it again.
Seek out eco-friendly packaging options for your products. For example, you could make your packaging from recycled or biodegradable materials.
Consider setting up a composting site, as products such as paper and cardboard can also be composted.
When packing products, try to ensure that the size of the box equates to the size of the product. For example, you should not transport goods in containers two or three sizes bigger than necessary, as this is a waste of materials.
Ensure that all employees are aware of your company’s waste management and recycling policies. This way, they are more likely to dispose of all waste – including cardboard waste – through appropriate channels.
Provide employees with access to the appropriate recycling bins and containers.
Around 90% of products are shipped in cardboard containers. This means that cardboard makes up the vast majority of packaging waste.
When sent to a landfill site, Cardboard products will take around two months to decompose, depending on weather conditions. While this may not seem like a long time compared to other products such as plastic (100+ years), cardboard releases dangerous greenhouse gasses such as methane as it decomposes. Methane gasses contribute significantly to global warming by absorbing the heat from the sun.
As we become more eco-conscious, the volume of paper we recycle each year continues to increase. Right now, around 84% of all corrugated cardboard produced within the UK is recycled.
All cardboard waste must be stored in a cool, dry environment. This is because it is much harder to recycled cardboard products if they are damp, as water causes the fibres within the cardboard to break down and harden. Thankfully, at Divert, we have a range of storage options available, such as:
Cardboard Wheelie Bins.
Front End Loaders.
Recycling Balers & Compactors.
At Divert, we’re always on hand to help companies large and small better manage their waste – including cardboard waste. For example, we provide our customers with access to free bins to safely store their waste before collection. Furthemore, with bases across the UK, we pride ourselves on offering a quick set-up for all our services.
Once your bins are set up and ready to go, you simply need to ensure that you properly segregate your waste – which is made easy through colour coordination. We’ll then put together a waste collection schedule that matches your needs.
Finally, working with Divert waste ensures that your business has as little impact on the environment as possible. This is due to the fact that we aim to divert all of your waste from landfill sites, ensuring that they are instead recycled or repurposed at specialist facilities. This ensures that you comply will all environmental regulations put in place by the government while raising the platform of your brand. Get in touch today to find out more.