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How to Recycle Old Corrugated Cardboard in Joliet, 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 Joliet, 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.

 

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Why Recycle Cardboard in Joliet, 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 Joliet, 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.

 

Joliet About

Joliet is a city in Will and Kendall Counties in the U.S. state of Illinois, 30 miles southwest of Chicago. It is the county seat of Will County. The city is the fourth-largest in Illinois, with a population of 147,433.

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Joliet, Illinois Information

Joliet has a sprawling, irregular shape that extends into nine different townships, more than any other Illinois city. They are: Joliet, Plainfield, Troy, New Lenox, Jackson, Channahon, and Lockport in Will County, and Na-Au-Say and Seward in Kendall County. Joliet is a Des Plaines River town, with the downtown located in the river valley. This is especially evident on Interstate 80 if one is coming from the east or the west where it has been flat for many miles and suddenly the land drops as one approaches the river. This offers a great view looking north to see downtown Joliet. For most of its existence, Joliet geographically has had its “west side” and “east side”, referring to areas to the west or the east of the river, which runs through the city. Both sides were roughly proportionate throughout most of its history until the second half of the 20th century, when westward expansion began.