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Why Recycle Cardboard in Braidwood, Illinois?

Over half of the cardboard collected is used to make new cardboard boxes, and additional cardboard can be downcycled into paperboard used for cereal boxes or chipboard used for shoeboxes. Making one-ton of cardboard requires three-tons of trees, recycling one-ton of cardboard eliminates nine cubic yards of landfill space, corrugated cardboard can be recycled many times.

Do I need to remove tape and labels from the box? No. These materials get filtered out during the recycling process, as does ink.

What is the Difference Between Corrugated Cardboard and Paperboard?

The term “cardboard” is used for most boxes, but shipping boxes are officially known as corrugated cardboard. The corrugated piece is the extra layer of fiber that zigzags between the brown sheets, making it tougher to tear and sturdier for shipping. Paperboard is thinner and less durable, used for cereal boxes. These are two different grades of paper with different commodity values, even though you might call both cardboard.

Why Can’t Wet Cardboard be Recycled?

Even though the paper recycling process introduces water, when you get paper wet and it dries, it manipulates the fibers (as a result, it feels stiffer). Paper mills also do not want to pay for wet paper because it is heavier with the extra water weight.

How is Braidwood, Illinois Corrugated Cardboard Recycled?

The first step in recycling cardboard is to separate it from other paper, such as office paper and newspaper. The cardboard is then baled, and Commercial Waste Systems will come pick it up, then it gets sent to a mill, shredded into small pieces, and put in a pulping machine to introduce water/chemicals and break down the cardboard into fibers. Then, any ink and tape are removed and the paper fibers start bonding together. Finally, the fibers are rolled and dried, then sent off to make new products. Over half of corrugated cardboard is recycled into new cardboard; the remainder is downcycled into paperboard and other paper products.

Can I Make Money Recycling Cardboard?

Commercial Waste Systems will buy cardboard in bulk if it is separated from other paper. If you work at a place that uses a lot of cardboard, such as a grocery store, retail store or restaurant, you should contact Commercial Waste Systems to see how we ca help. If you are a consumer looking to recycle five boxes, you are unlikely to find someone that will pay you.

 

We are proud members of the National Waste & Recycling Association.

 

How to Recycle Old Corrugated Cardboard in Braidwood, Illinois

Corrugated cardboard is the highest value grade of paper, its durability and strength takes long paper fibers to create. This explains why it has the highest recycling rate out of paper products.

Cardboard Recycling Preparation for Your Braidwood, Illinois Business

Most corrugated cardboard is used for shipping, you will want to remove any shipping materials such as packing peanuts, plastic bags, and bubble wrap. The boxes must be flattened to save space and start preparation for the recycling process.

For boxes that contained huge items, you may need to fold or cut the flattened box in half for it to fit in your recycling cart or bailer. Most importantly, do not let the corrugated cardboard get wet. Wet cardboard does not have a recycling market. Food soiled boxes, the easiest example is pizza boxes. These food soiled boxes cannot be recycled either.

 

Braidwood About

Braidwood is located at 41°16′19″N 88°13′6″W. Braidwood has a total area of 4.764 square miles, of which 4.58 square miles is land and 0.184 square miles is water.

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Braidwood, Illinois Information

Braidwood is a city in Will County, Illinois, United States, approximately 53 miles southwest of Chicago and 18 miles south of Joliet. The Braidwood Nuclear Generating Station, a nuclear power plant currently owned by Exelon Corporation, is also located in the area. The station is one of the major employers in the area and provides a significant portion of the electricity used in the Chicago area. The plant has been the subject of controversy concerning a series of leaks since 2007.