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Cardboard Recycling Facts


It's becoming increasingly important to understand and participate in the recycling and reusing of cardboard material. Did you know that 544,000 trees could be saved every year if each household in the United States would replace just one roll of 70-sheet virgin fiber paper towels with a roll of 100 percent recycled paper towels? In this article, you'll find a list of similar cardboard recycling facts that we've been able to round up from all across the internet and also some tips for recycling cardboard. Be sure to check back every now and then to see if we've updated our list. If you have any additional questions about recycling or would like to learn more about our recycling services you can contact us here at Panda Environmental.


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The Facts:


Recycling one ton of cardboard can save 390 kWh of energy and 1.1 barrels (46 gallons) of oil. (


Recycling 1 ton of corrugated cardboard saves 700 gallons of water. (


Recycling one ton of cardboard saves over 9 cubic yards of landfill space. (


Recycled cardboard saves 24% of the total energy needed for new cardboard. (


On average, the recycled content of a cardboard box is about 59%. (


17 billion cardboard tubes are thrown in the trash each year. (



Cardboard and paper waste make up 41% of the municipal solid waste stream. (


Recycling cardboard takes 24% less energy and produces 50% less sulfur dioxide than making cardboard from raw materials. (


Cardboard boxes can contain up to 100% recycled fibres. (


The cardboard box is one of the most widely recycled items, the national (Canadian) recovery rate is about 80%. (


65% was the average amount of recycled content of corrugated cardboard boxes shipped in Canada (in 1998), up about 20% from 1988.  (




Corrugated cardboard is created into new cardboard and cereal boxes. (


Cardboard is the single largest component of municipal solid waste around the world. (


544,000 trees could be saved every year if each household in the United States would replace just one roll of 70-sheet virgin fiber paper towels with a roll of 100 percent recycled paper towels. (


Some recycled cardboard is so strong that you can use it to make things that might have otherwise been made from wood or metal, like furniture, large containers – even dog kennels! (



Cardboard Boxes by the Numbers

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So What Can I Do?

Most municipalities across Canada will offer pickup for cardboard recycling. However, if it's not available in your area then there should be drop off locations where you can drop off cardboard for recycling. We suggest checking out your local municipality website to see the options they have available.


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