What to do with
The main types of cardboard we find at home are corrugated cardboard (i.e. packing boxes) and the types used for food and drink packaging - such as cereal boxes, egg cartons, cardboard sleeves or boxes from ready meals etc. Both types are recyclable but councils sometimes collect them separately. Check with Recycling Locator to find out more about your local recycling scheme. Alternatively you can take it to the local recycling centre.
The rise of online shopping has resulted in many of us having cardboard boxes to get rid of. Below are some top tips to help you.
- Cardboard boxes are useful for storage - remember to write the contents on the box so you can see at a glance what it contains!
- Large cardboard boxes make great toy boxes - try decorating with left-over wallpaper or get creative with scraps of fabric to jazz them up a bit!
- Kids love to play with cardboard boxes - especially the very big boxes. Just add imagination and they can be anything from play houses to fire engines!
- Use a cardboard box to collect your recycling in - then you won't have to separate it later!
Pass them on...
- Ask family and friends if they need them - large cardboard boxes are handy if moving house and smaller boxes are great for storage
- Local schools or playgroups might find them useful for craft projects
- For online delivery boxes and cardboard envelopes, please remove all plastic inserts and polystyrene, as well as packing tape.
- Greetings cards without glitter can be recycled - simply tear off the glitter section, as well as any badges and batteries.
- Brown paper can also be recycled with card.
- Card that is stained or dirty with foodstuffs, grease, paint or dirt (e.g. pizza boxes) cannot be recycled because the fibres cannot be separated from the oils during the pulping process.
- Glitter covered greetings cards as glitter can't be removed in the recycling process.
What else can I do with cardboard?
- Egg boxes and other cardboard can be home composted.