Benefits of Recycling Cardboard

Did you know that in the U.S. alone, there are around one billion trees in cardboard thrown away every year? That’s a lot of cardboard! Instead of throwing it away in the trash, recycling cardboard is the far better option. It only takes a few minutes to separate it from the regular trash and the benefits of doing so are more far-reaching than you could imagine.

We’re going to share some of the benefits of recycling cardboard that will have you thinking twice before you just throw it away.

5 Reasons Why You Should Recycle Cardboard

1. Save Energy

When cardboard is made from raw materials, the process takes longer and is more complicated than if you made it from recycled cardboard. When cardboard is made from wood, we waste more energy and resources. By recycling cardboard, you can help save on the energy that is needed to produce cardboard from scratch.

2. Reduce Pollution

When cardboard is made from wood, the wood has to be turned into pulp. The process creates sulfur dioxide, a gas that causes acid rain. If recycled cardboard is used instead of wood, sulfur dioxide pollution can be cut by 50%.

3. Save on Water Use

Making cardboard from wood requires a lot of water. Recycled cardboard has already gone through that stage, so there is less water needed. It is estimated that nearly 7000 tons of water can be saved for every ton of cardboard that is recycled.

4. Reduce Greenhouse Gasses

When cardboard is not recycled and gets sent to landfills instead, it will break down and release methane. This greenhouse gas absorbs the sun’s heat and warms the atmosphere. This contributes to global warming. By recycling cardboard, you can do your part in reducing greenhouse gasses.

5. Help to Save the Forest

When you recycle cardboard, you are helping to reduce the number of trees that are cut down yearly. Deforestation also contributes to global warming, just as greenhouse gasses do. It is estimated that when one ton of cardboard is recycled, about 12 to 17 trees are saved. This is a great benefit for the environment and can also reduce global warming.

At Sweitzer Waste Removal, we offer recycling services so we can all do our part in helping the environment. We provide a 96-gallon wheeled recycling can for curbside residential customers to make it easy to contain recyclables until it’s pickup time. We offer curbside pickup every other week. Commercial recycling containers range from 96 gallons to 8 yards in size. Since we make it so easy, there’s no reason not to recycle and do your part for the planet.

Count on Sweitzer Waste Removal for Trash and Recycling Services

Sweitzer Waste Removal is your source for trash and recycling services. We serve both residential and commercial customers. You’ll find us to be friendly and reliable when it comes to providing waste removal service at your home or business. 

Call us today at 203-245-8840 or reach out to us online for more information on our service areas.