Cardboard is highly recyclable but only when done right. Unfortunately, many individuals and businesses mishandle this material so bad it loses its integrity and value. As a result, cardboard ends up in a landfill along with other rubbish.
To make the most money and experience the least stress from your waste cardboard recycling effort, do not make these mistakes
1. Mixing Greasy Pieces with Clean Ones
Grease contaminates good cardboard. During recycling, the material is soaked with water, which does not go well with oil. The presence of grease in the cardboard-recycling machinery can cause some trouble, which is why many recyclers do not accept oily boxes. If you stack your grease-ridden and clean pieces of cardboard together, all of them might be rejected.
To avoid such a problem, remove the contaminants like food from your waste cardboard boxes and then dry them before storing them with clean pieces. If you do not have the resources to painstakingly de-contaminate them, tear off the affected areas instead.
2. Breaking Boxes Down
A large quantity of cardboard is bulky and can be hard to transport. Breaking your boxes down is not the best solution to this inconvenience. Small pieces of cardboard might cause complications to the recycling process, which can result in waste rejection.
Rather than cutting tons of cardboard boxes into tiny pieces, flatten them as much as you can instead. If you deal with a large number of the material on a regular basis, flattening each piece can take forever to complete.
Consider buying a cardboard baler to make everyone’s life easy. This equipment can be costly, but it can help you economise on waste management. A single baler can suffice to haul a considerable amount of cardboard efficiently. After feeding it boxes, the machine will press its contents to compress everything in no time. The bales of cardboard can be tied off before the release, making it easier to stack and move them anywhere.
3. Undervaluing Proper Storage
The cardboard recycling process may involve mixing the material with water, but it should arrive dry in the plant. Most recyclers find it extremely difficult to handle wet cardboard boxes, so they tend to reject them to accommodate as many moisture-free ones as possible.
To avoid this issue, store your waste cardboard in a properly ventilated environment. Considering stacking it on a pallet to the material off the floor and remain dry in case of leakage or spillage.
4. Having No Strategy
If you are to recycle to waste cardboard over the long term, you have to come up with an effective strategy to manage it efficiently. A single mishap can contaminate a single box or even ruin the entire batch of cardboard. Considering that the government may impose fines on irresponsible businesses when it comes to recycling, learn from past errors to avoid repeating the same mistakes.
Managing large quantities of waste cardboard may be easier said than done, but it is doable with proper equipment and a good strategy. If you do it right, you would have one less pain point to worry about.