Saturday, April 19, 2014
Today's recycling topic: Cardboard
Discarded cardboard and paper constitute up to 41% of the municipal solid waste stream, which makes sense, as every year an American family throws out 2,460 lbs. of it. Tossing out cardboard really bothers me, so I try to recycle it whenever I can by reusing shipping boxes (many of my giveaway winners know that, as they receive most of their packages in reused boxes.) I also challenge myself to find new ways to reuse cardboard in my journal making and art projects, and instead of storing things in carboard boxes (which over time inevitably fall apart) I try to use sturdy reusable plastic bins (and I'll admit here, I'm still in the process of changing over and replacing them.)
Recycling one ton of cardboard saves 9 cubic yards of landfill space, 46 gallons of oil, 390 kWh hours of electricity, and 6.6 million BTUs of energy, and that's the actual change your family would make if you stop throwing away your paper. Most local waste management companies offer paper recycling bins for pick up on garbage day, and this can become your family's paper "trash can", so why not get one and get started?