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  • Corrugated is the most recycled packaging material on Earth, with a recovery rate over 78 percent.  Corrugated is an incredibly useful, cost effective and versatile packaging material that is used to ship nearly every product under the sun, all around the globe.

  • One of the highest elevations for the great State of Ohio is commonly known as Mount Rumpke with an elevation of 1,045 feet.  It is one of the largest landfills in the continental United States occupying over 230 acres and receives nearly 2 million tons of household and industrial waste per year. 

  • Recycling corrugated only takes 75% of the energy needed to manufacture new and lessens the emission of sulfur dioxide that is produced when making pulp from wood trees.

  • Corrugated is used to ship 90% of all products in the U.S.

  • Recycling one ton of corrugated saves nine cubic yards of landfill space and 46 gallons of oil.


How To Recycle Corrugated

  • There are hundreds of waste paper dealers across the U.S. that buy old corrugated containers (OCC) and paper bags, and sell them to paper mills as raw material. To sell your used corrugated, check the Yellow Pages under Waste Paper.


  • To get the best prices for your OCC (old corrugated containers) and to ensure proper recycling, follow these guidelines:


  • Separate any contaminants from the corrugated, including strapping, plastic bags, Styrofoam, food waste or floor sweepings. Dealers pay the highest prices for clean corrugated.

  • Remove any boxes that cannot be recycled, especially those that are contaminated by toxic or hazardous materials. If it has been treated with plastic extrusions or laminates, wax coatings, etc., it cannot be recycled unless it is marked with the recyclable certification symbol.

  • Some dealers and mills will accept loose material, but large bales are generally preferred.



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Earth 911  & Corrugated Packaging Alliance

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