What is cardboard?
Cardboard is a generic term that can be divided into two general categories: corrugated and paperboard. An example of corrugated cardboard is shipping/packing boxes and for paperboard, it is cereal or detergent boxes. According to earth911.com, almost all the U.S. population has access to paperboard recycling. Paperboard has been recycled for 125+ years (earth911.com). Corrugated cardboard by definition is “packaging material formed by gluing one or more fluted sheets of paperboard to one or more flat sheets of linerboard.” – businessdictionary.com
Corrugated cardboard can come in various thickness levels which is determined by how many fluted sections there are (1, 2, or 3). Over 85% percent of all products we consumers purchase are either shipped or packed in cardboard. This is alone is probably the most important reason why cardboard should be recycled as much as possible as it can needlessly fill up landfills across the country very quickly. For each 1 ton of recycled cardboard it saves 9 cubic yards of landfill and 46 gallons of oil. When recycling, make sure the cardboard does not become compromised by oil, food (pizza boxes), or water as recycling facilities will not be able take your cardboard given their guidelines they have to follow. By recycling, it is cheaper to produce more cardboard at a much lower cost rate and less environmental impact, plus it allows for the landfills to be utilize better.