There are many reasons why you should recycle cardboard.
Here are some of the most important ones:
- Reduces deforestation. Cardboard is made from trees, so recycling it helps to conserve forests and protect wildlife. It takes about 17 trees to make one ton of cardboard, so recycling just one ton can save those trees from being cut down.
- Saves energy. Making new cardboard from trees requires a lot of energy, so recycling cardboard helps to save energy. Recycling one ton of cardboard saves about 46 gallons of oil and 4,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity.
- Reduces greenhouse gas emissions. The production of new cardboard also produces greenhouse gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide. Recycling cardboard helps to reduce these emissions and fight climate change.
- Reduces landfill waste. Landfills are a major source of pollution, and cardboard takes up a lot of space in landfills. Recycling cardboard helps to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills, which can help to improve air and water quality.