Corrugated packaging recycling reduces solid waste discharge. Collected fiber is then repurposed to manufacture new corrugated packaging, using less fresh raw material. Corrugated packaging recycling generates revenue for the end user as well. Paper mills and makers of new corrugated packaging value recovered material (also known as “OCC” or “Old Corrugated Containers”).
Corrugated packaging is a remarkable success story in recycling. In the United States, corrugated “cardboard” is recycled more than any other packaging material. The industry’s unwavering commitment to improving recovery has generated these gains, as seen by its support of educational initiatives for schools, communities, packaging professionals and purchasers, and retailers. This sustained and targeted emphasis on recovery and reuse is one of many aspects that distinguish corrugated cardboard boxes and why consumers should feel good about the boxes arriving at their door.
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The Process of Corrugated Recycling
Businesses, shops, and individuals collect and return discarded corrugated containers to be recycled into new ones. While practically everyone contributes to the success of corrugated recycling, fewer people may be aware of where those boxes go once they are collected, or how they are processed to produce new corrugated material. Corrugated is recycled in the following ways:
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The symbol is free to use and does not require registration. The use of the symbol on corrugated packaging is widely recommended as long as no national or local rules or regulations ban it.
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