Recycling of corrugated boxes

Corrugated boxes are the most popular packing material currently used all over the world. They have been the favorites for years because of their various advantages. Corrugated boxes provide a high security for the goods inside them. The goods are not damaged even if they are prone to impacts, vibration or even drops. They are mainly used to ship valuable goods. From the packaging of an iPhone to apples we can see corrugated boxes. The use of corrugated boxes is increasing in a rapid rate. It is estimated that alone in South America there are around 1,500 box plants making millions of corrugated boxes.

One of the main advantages of corrugated box is that they can be easily recycled. This factor provides an upper hand to corrugated boxes than other packaging materials. They help to gain an “eco friendly” trade mark to the company. As they don’t damage the environment there is no damage in disposing them even in open soil. Another important factor is that old corrugated boxes can be used for the manufacture of new ones.

“OCC” or old “corrugated containers” are the name given to the disposed corrugated boxes. They are usually called as “cardboard box” by ordinary people. Some of these boxes lack the inner layer and hence will result in an overall loss in strength. U.S is considered as the biggest manufacture of corrugated boxes. They use corrugated boxes for each and everything. In this era of technology internet is gaining much popularity and hence e commerce. E commerce simply means buying and selling of things online. The things which we bought online are shipped to our homes. These will be inside corrugated boxes. Corrugated boxes provide a high amount of protection for the things inside them.

According to some sources since 1960, the generation of OCC has been increased by about 305 percent; this is a huge number considering other similar packing materials. Fortunately a large of these OCC generated are recycled. By the spread of awareness and advancement of technology the disposal of corrugated boxes has been decreased tremendously.

The process of recycling of corrugated box is relatively simple and less time consuming. The first thing to do is the compress the boxes and put them inside a hydropuler.  A hydropuler is a big vat of warm water which is used for cleaning and processing purpose. The slurry which is obtained after this process is used in order to manufacture paper and other associative products. There are some things which have to be remembered before putting these stuff to the hydropuller.  Metal straps, metal coverings, staples and other materials have to be removed. By the joint efforts of people and government, it is estimated that over 70 % of the corrugated boxes are recycled again to make new ones.

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