The Waste Statistics Behind Corrugated Boxes

Have you ever taken the time to consider how many corrugated boxes end up in landfills each year? The numbers are astonishing and, in most cases, completely avoidable. Ensure that you properly recycle all of your old corrugated boxes. Brown Packaging has compiled a list of waste statistics associated with corrugated boxes.

Turning to data from 2010 in the United States, 29.05 million tons of corrugated boxes are wasted each year. This averages out to 188 pounds per person per year. On the other side of the spectrum, 24/7 million tons are recycled. This translates into an 85 percent recycling rate for corrugated boxes.

Improvements in corrugated boxes have also led to a drastic reduction in weight. On average, corrugated boxes have seen a 10 to 15 percent reduction in weight due to improvements in linerboard. This change has directly influenced waste statistics as the boxes are lighter in weight and require fewer materials to produce.

In order to maintain long-term stability, users must maintain a willingness to recycle in order to allow the industry to remain sustainable and efficient. Corrugated boxes require efficiency through every step of the process. They must be built properly, durable, and they must be recycled. Take the time and dispose of your paper and box materials properly, it doesn’t take long, and it will ensure that the industry remains viable.

Brown Packaging manufactures corrugated boxes, corrugated containers, and other corrugated products. We offer our products and services to clients throughout Burlington, the Golden Horseshoe, the GTA, and all of Ontario. If you have any questions about our company and what we can do for you, please feel free to contact us today. We would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have. We are proud of our boxes and we stand by their quality.