How to Recycle Cardboard
Is it Mixed with Other Materials?
When you get a box in the mail full of your online shopping spree items, it’s also full of other materials — bubble wrap, packing peanuts, maybe even plastic wrap. Separate out the materials. The box itself is recyclable, so break it down and put it in your recycling bin. Reuse the packing materials, or toss them in your waste container.
Oftentimes, food packaging also has mixed materials, like a bag of cereal inside a cardboard box. Finish the cereal, toss the plastic and break down the box for recycling.
Cardboard you can recycle
- Food boxes — cereal, crackers, cookies, frozen meals
- Shipping boxes
- Moving boxes
- Milk and juice cartons
Cardboard you shouldn’t recycle
- Greasy pizza boxes
- Packing peanuts and the plastic inside cardboard boxes
- Milk and juice cartons that are not rinsed