Here we answer the question of What Cardboard Cannot be Recycled, in our latest guide to waste management & recycling.
Cardboard is a valuable recycling material. So valuable, in fact, that some have dubbed it “brown gold”. When recycled, cardboard can be used to produce many items, from boxes and packaging to writing paper, newspapers, and milk cartons. In the UAE alone, there are more than 40 cardboard recycling plants, and municipalities are investing heavily to expand the infrastructure.
Most people know that cardboard is recyclable, and even make it second nature to dispose of boxes responsibly. However, not all cardboard can be recycled, and there may be cases when, wanting to do a good thing for the environment, people end up contaminating an entire batch.
Although pizza boxes are made of corrugated cardboard, you shouldn’t place them in the recycling bin. Pizzas normally contain grease or oil which contaminates the box.
Similar to pizza boxes, these boxes are contaminated with food and if you put them in the yellow bin, they will contaminate the rest of the cardboard.
Some recycling companies accept wet cardboard but, most of the time, this material is rejected.
The glue used in the binding means that they cannot be recycled. If you want to get rid of old books, it’s best to donate them to your local library or a charity shop instead.
Set an example for your employees by making the effort to recycle efficiently. Using a cardboard baler will not only reduce the volume of your collected cardboard - it will also make it appealable to recyclers.
Find a local recycling company that will pick-up of your recyclable material. Doing so will guarantee that your cardboard waste will be collected on time and handled in the right way.