Corrugated Cardboard Recycling Statistics

Today, paper manufacturing produces over 400 million tons of paper and cardboard worldwide. But did you realize that in the U.S. over 90% of items shipped are packaged in cardboard? The demand for using cardboard as packaging material has made it the single largest waste product (by weight) in consumer trash and it is estimated that over 24 million tons of cardboard is discarded each year. It is not all doom and gloom. The average recycling rate for cardboard in 1993 was 55%. In 2011 that figure jumped to 91% due to the mainstream adoption of recycling. So how much of an effect on the environment does recycling one ton of cardboard have? It saves us around 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 700 gallons of water, and 46 gallons of oil.

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