Cardboard and paper recycling: Waster is also advocating recycling Australia for two primary reasons – No.1 is that it is good for the environment (it really would be a shame to throw valuable commodities into landfill) and No.2 – it is a really easy way for your business to save money. Waster offers cardboard and paper recycling in bin sizes from 240 litre all the way up to large 4.5 cubic metre bins in all metro regions throughout Australia. Check out our cardboard recycling options as well as our comprehensive waste management services i.e. general waste, commingled, grease trap etc in our online shop by pressing the blue button below:



What you should know about cardboard and paper recycling


Planet Ark – a nationwide Australian organisation focused on recycling publishes some high quality and reliable information on recycling. They have published a PDF information sheet for business regarding cardboard recycling – available here.  We quote key points from the document below:


“More than 80% of Australia’s paper and cardboard packaging is made from recycled fibre. The lowest grade of recycled paper goes into cardboard products.”


“When cardboard breaks down in landfill it creates methane, a major greenhouse gas with the global warming capacity 21 times more powerful than carbon dioxide.”


“Cardboard is one of the easiest and most environmentally effective materials to recycle since the fibre in cardboard has already been processed. Therefore making cardboard products from recycled material, rather than virgin fibre, saves not only trees, but also large amounts of water (up to 99% less) and energy (up to 50% less). Manufacturing from recycled material also produces up to 90% less byproducts such as chemical wastes.”


“Keep cardboard recycling clean of food scraps, polystyrene and plastic, which can contaminate the process of recycling. Cardboard that has been contaminated with food scraps can be recycled using a worm farm, bokashi bucket or compost heap – your compost heap and worms will love it!” 


“Wax-coated cardboard, like some fruit boxes, is not suitable for recycling but it can be effectively composted, thus reducing methane production.”


“Cardboard can be recycled along with paper and is remade into many different kinds of paper products. Recycled cardboard can also be made into sound-proofing material, insulation and even furniture.”


“Every time paper is processed the individual fibres become weaker, limiting the number of times it can be recycled – usually up to eight times. Paper that has been recycled as many times as the fibres will allow is turned into compost and breaks down naturally.”


You can see our latest blog on Newcastle waste services here.


For more niche recycling opportunities – check out our partnership with TerraCycle for recycling boxes or our blog on environmental companies.