Paper & Cardboard

Acceptable Paper and Cardboard Materials

  • Newspapers, Inserts, Magazines and Mail
  • Cardboard (flattened) and Paperboard (food boxes)
  • Office, School Paper and Books
  • Milk, Juice and Soup Cartons

Prepare for Discarding - Place in Single Stream Recycling Container

  • Any plastic liners must be removed
  • Boxes must be flattened to save space

Do Not Recycle

  • Tissue Paper
  • Pet food bags
  • Paper Cups
  • Shredded paper (take confidential papers to shred events or consult with a shredding service company)

Paper Recycling Facts

  • Typically, newspaper can be recycled 5 to 7 times.
  • Production of recycled paper uses 80% less water and 65% less energy and produces 95% less air pollution than virgin paper production.
  • American businesses throw away enough scrap paper each year to fill nearly 20 Sears Towers from top to bottom, if offices throughout the country increased the rate of two-sided photocopying from the current rate of 20% to 60%, they could save the equivalent of about 15 million trees.
  • Recycled paperboard is made from a combination of recycled fibers from various grades of paper stock, with 100% of its furnish being recycled fibers.

Cardboard Recycling Facts

  • Three quarters of all U.S. paper recycled comes from corrugated and paperboard packaging.
  • Six of every ten corrugated boxes are recovered for recycling in the U.S.
  • Paperboard or boxboard is not corrugated cardboard. Paperboard and boxboard are a lower grade fiber commodity.