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'Tis the Season for Recycling Cardboard

Waste increases are expected during the holidays and cardboard is likely to abound in our homes & businesses. Learn best practices for cardboard recycling in our latest infographic.

Rachel Brown | December 17, 2020


I think most of us can admit that we’ve collectively experienced a strange year, to put it mildly. And as 2020 draws closer to its end, there seems to be a sense of relief that has settled in for many as we wade into the gift-giving season.

However, if you’ve read any of RoadRunner’s recent blogs, wishing you a “green” holiday or sharing sustainability tips to encourage more eco-friendly habits during upcoming festivities, you may have picked up that this time of year is responsible for a significant increase in waste generation (see below).


Moreover, the average holiday waste figure above is based on data from previous years when much of the world wasn’t living through a global pandemic—An ongoing event that has shifted the way many households live, how businesses operate, and the type of waste we all create. 

With this in mind, we wanted to talk about a material that most businesses and households are probably quite familiar with, more so now than ever before: Cardboard! 

Given that many of us are working—or, at the very least—shopping from home, we’re likely well aware of how cardboard makes its way into our space, in the form of online orders, takeout meals, ongoing deliveries, office shipments, and more.

In an effort to not only educate, but also motivate you, to recycle your cardboard appropriately, we put together an infographic called: Cardboard Recycling 101 to share some interesting facts, explain the lifecycle of this material, and, most importantly, encourage people to reuse, recycle, or upcycle it this holiday season and into the new year.



Pick up a few facts about cardboard recycling and how much energy can be saved when you recycle it. Hopefully, the more you know about how cardboard is made and used, the more likely you will be to recycle this material yourself and encourage others to do the same.


Click to open the infographic in a new tab and download to reference or share with your network.



No matter what time of year it is, recycling cardboard is important. And, as new trends continue to impact the types of goods we buy as well as how we receive them, it’s critical to also keep in mind the best practices for the disposal of these packaging materials. 

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to breakdown your cardboard before recycling. Below is a helpful gif to show you how to do so, and if you need more directions be sure to read our Breaking Down Cardboard blog. It’s the simple actions that count most!


For more recycling best practices and additional sustainability solutions for your business, check out our blog or reach out to speak with a RoadRunner representative today. Until next time, we hope you enjoy (and recycle) the packages you receive this holiday and stay healthy & happy this season! 🌲 ✨ ♻️



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