Everything you need to know about Cardboard recycling

If you’re a business owner who needs to recycle cardboard, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about recycling cardboard for your business. We’ll discuss what types of cardboard can be recycled, how to recycle cardboard, and more. So let’s get started!

As a business owner, you may find it difficult to recycle cardboard. This is because cardboard can be a bulky material to recycle, and if this sort of packaging is a big part of your business it can be time-consuming. However, it is important to recycle cardboard whenever possible, as it is a valuable resource.

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What types of cardboard can be recycled?

It might surprise you that not all types of cardboard can be recycled, let’s run through what can and cannot be reused.

Types of cardboard that can be recycled

  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Cardboard tubes (such as toilet roll tubes)
  • Delivery boxes
  • Cereal boxes
  • Eggs Boxes

Types of cardboard that cannot be recycled

  • Cardboard containing food remnants
  • wax-lined cardboard

How is cardboard recycled?

In the United Kingdom, cardboard is recycled by a process called pulping. In this process, the cardboard is shredded into small pieces and then heated in water. This causes the glue that holds the fibres together to dissolve, and the fibres can then be separated and washed. The cleaned fibres are then dried and pressed into new sheets of cardboard or paper.

How your business can manage cardboard waste

How you manage your cardboard recycling is highly dependent on the level of waste your business is likely to produce, let’s look at a few examples


Bars and restaurants are very likely to produce a lot of cardboard packaging waste, such as drinks and food containers. In this instance, it would be best to have a compactor. This is a machine that can compress cardboard into dense bales. These bales take up less space and are easier to store until they can be collected for recycling.


Office spaces are likely to produce large quantities of paper waste, and as a result, cardboard packaging from office supplies. In this instance, cardboard recycling bins should be placed around the office for employees to dispose of their waste appropriately. The waste can then be collected with your business bin collections to be pulped and made into new paper products.

Beauty Industry

This type of business probably doesn’t produce that much cardboard waste but will still have a small amount that should be recycled. In this case, recycling collection boxes can be placed near exit points such as the reception desk or back door for staff to dispose of their waste.

Best practices for business cardboard recycling

Overall all businesses will produce some amount of cardboard waste and this needs to be disposed of responsibly and cost-effectively. The best way to do this by far is to have a waste management plan in place. Having a waste management plan means that your business can utilise a cardboard waste collection service or dry mix recycling service to have this type of waste removed and recycled.

Top tips for recycling cardboard

1. Flatten all cardboard before placing it in your recycling bin – this saves space and makes it easier for the recycling process.

2. Remove any plastic or polystyrene from the packaging – this can’t be recycled with cardboard and will contaminate the load.

3. Create a dedicated area for this type of waste to keep it clean and dry

4. Avoid getting cardboard wet as this makes it harder to recycle.

5. Try to source recycled or recyclable cardboard packaging for your business.

Why Choose CDDL for your cardboard recycling

CDDL offer general waste and cardboard recycling across Kent, Here are a few reasons why you might want to work with us for your waste removal;

  1. Free recycling and waste bins with NO rental charges
  2. Collections times built around you and flexible collections
  3. Absolutely no contract for any of our services
  4. We recycle everything we collect
  5. Dedicated customer service team if you ever need us.

If you have any questions about our recycling collections or waste management service, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always happy to help!

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