In most cases recycling cardboard is a fairly easy process. However, there are a few reasons that a cardboard container cannot be recycled. Cardboard from pizza boxes and other food containers can be contaminated with grease, decreasing the quality of the paper fibers. Aseptic cartons, such soy milk cartons, cannot be recycled because the container is composed of multiple materials, not just cardboard.
Benefits of Cardboard Recycling
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We recommend that you do not recycle wet cardboard. It clogs up the automated sorting machines that most recycling facilities use. It is best to throw wet cardboard into the trash so that the entire recycling bin does not get wet.
It is easiest to transport boxes when they have been flattened. It is also easier for our recycling center as most have an automated system that accepts flattened boxes.
Tape and labels can be left on cardboard and typically cause no problems with our cardboard recycling facilities.