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Commercial Recycling

Commercial establishments typically generate white paper, mixed office paper, newspaper, and corrugated cardboard. This page focuses on corrugated cardboard because these establishments generate such large amounts. For information about recycling white paper, mixed office paper, and newspaper, review the information for schools and offices.

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A large portion of the estimated 30.1 million tons of corrugated cardboard generated each year comes from commercial establishments. The good news is 89 percent of those boxes were recycled in 2013, according to EPA’s Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013. Corrugated cardboard is one of the easiest materials to reduce at the source, reuse, and recycle. Corrugated recycling systems are relatively easy to establish: cardboard is easily identifiable, is often generated in large quantities, and has a ready market. Reducing corrugated cardboard waste is often the first step a company takes to reduce its waste.

Because corrugated cardboard is so bulky, recycling it can save significant waste disposal costs. Use the following resources to help you set up a cardboard recycling program:


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