Corrugated cardboard only.
Where Does It Go?
- International Paper (Salt Lake City, UT): The cardboard is shipped to mills throughout the US and processed into new cardboard.
- Rocky Mountain (Salt Lake City, UT): The cardboard is sent to a mill in Inland, California where it's pulped and turned in to new cardboard.
- Sutta (Wilmington, CA): The cardboard is typically sold to a buyer on the West Coast, but it all depends on the market and they do sometimes send it to the East Coast or abroad. Sutta notes that the US' largest export to China is scrap paper - mostly cardboard and newspapers. Ironically, the Chinese sometimes turn the scrap paper into new boxes, then use those boxes to package goods they're shipping to the US. Thus the paper we send to China can actually travel full circle and return to the US in the form of a new box.
- Recycled cardboard only takes 75 percent of the energy needed to make new cardboard and lessens the emission of sulfur dioxide that is produced when making pulp from wood trees.
- Recycling one ton of cardboard saves nine cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil.