All That Online Shopping Has Cardboard Consequences

All That Online Shopping Has Cardboard Consequences

The growth of online shopping has increased packaging waste, especially cardboard boxes from apartment builds and residences as more consumers receive products directly to their homes.

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“Every day, Recology collects approximately 625 tons of recyclables, including more than 100 tons of cardboard at their "Recycle Central" plant on San Francisco's Pier 96.”

New types of non-recyclable or difficult to recycle packaging such as ice packs and foil lined boxes are emerging with the growing popularity of meal kit delivery services like Blue Apron.

“In Austin, Texas, the city has already received 30 percent more corrugated cardboard than this time last year.”

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