The products we use every day would not be available to us without paperboard, a thinner form of paper-based packaging we commonly refer to as cardboard. Food and beverages we consume, cosmetics we use, medicines we rely on and shoes we purchase are all often packaged in paperboard boxes. But, with all of this packaging ending up in our hands, we don’t have to simply toss it in the trash. Rather, there is a prime opportunity to recycle – so that new products can be made!
Recycling paperboard is easy once you know how. A few simple tips can help you get started:
- Identify items in your home that are made of paperboard. Common paperboard packaging includes: cereal boxes, tissue boxes, cracker boxes, paper towel rolls, milk, medicine packaging and toothpaste boxes , etc.
- ascertain if the paperboard package can be recycled: it should be clean and dry; wet and damaged material can contaminate other material in the bin and hinder the recycling process.
Once you place the eligible packaging in your recycling bin and your recyclables are picked up at the dropped off at a recycling center, these materials go through a series of steps. Recyclables are transported a cycling center where they are sorted to separate items by material and eliminate waste. Recyclable paperboard is transported to a recycled paperboard factory where it is broken down into fibers, cleaned, screened, thickened, brightened and dried – a process known as pulping. Pulp is pressed to form paperboard, dried again and prepped for final usage. Once the recycled paperboard is ready, it will be sent to a converting facility where it is transformed into a new box, carton or other consumer or industrial usable products.
Let’s remember to take care of our environment for us and the future generation, imaging if these process had been effected in the early century and strict measures were taken, we would be having a better and beautiful environment. Your actions and behavior towards environments counts.