Online Shopping and Cardboard



More than ever, we’re shopping with a scroll and a click online instead of in our local brick and mortar stores. Lucrative same day shipping deals and the convenience of shopping from home propelled the growth of e commerce: up almost 25 last year, as indicated by an analysis by Slice Intelligence. But our online cravings have cardboard consequences. From boots to bananas, meal kits to makeup, we get so many packages it is really changing the color of material collected at our recycling buildings.

Every day, recycling centers collects roughly 1625 tons of recyclables. And instead of that cardboard coming from retail and grocery stores, more and more of brown boxes comes from apartment buildings and homes. “It’s a pretty important change. We see these changes pretty on a regular basis in the recycling stream. But this is a big one,” said Reed. While the amount of cardboard they get is alike to last years, there are far more of them and they are smaller in size.

Many in the recycling business say that as buyers get more merchandise directly, they recycle less and throw away more in part because of misunderstanding over what is recyclable. Buyers recycled less than seven of all plastic films and wraps. Couple of years ago, the average recycling rate of all packaging excluding compost was less than 25 , as indicated by Resource Recycling Systems. Businesses shipping these packages and buyers can help make a change.

“We’d ask that the businesses who are mail order businesses work on decreasing their packaging waste,” said manager of a recycling facility in an interview. “But we are also asking the buyers to be thoughtful and to tell businesses, ‘Hey, I do not want all this waste. I’d like to purchase merchandise that are in reduced packaging, or reusable packaging.'”