Ever wonder what happens to cardboard that you put into your recycling bin? Ever wonder what all those retail stores do with that cardboard that what comes in? Well, once the boxes are crushed they are sent for recycling, turns out cardboard is truly worth something, and there is a shortage, most of it ends up in”empty” cargo containers going back to China. The Chinese are huge buyers of our recyclables, cardboard very much included. Most of the boxes we get in the mail or delivered are made from recycled material, but not all.
Really, our think tank was talking this not long ago, and we did a little experiment to see, one of our members told us that he saw a stamp on one of his cardboard boxes – made in the US, and it was virgin cardboard never from recycled material, see we do create something still in the US apart from airliners and burgers. I told our think tank guy;”I am very happy to see your Virgin Cardboard Box was actually made in the united states, as I am confident you are as well.”
Is there a better way to recycle cardboard which makes it stronger next-round? What if we add ingredients as it’s broken down during the recycling phase, then during the next recycling stage, it might need a different procedure than present, although if the added components are broken down, dissolved and precipitated out, like the clear packaging tape is, during a very similar procedure, then we can win this way.
Still, if updates are needed, we catch the Chinese off their game, meaning we must process the cardboard from here on out, as they won’t have the amenities yet, and we can send rolls of product back to them at the freight containers as opposed to crushed and bundled cardboard cubes strapped with ties. What if we were to add rubber strands from old tires too recycled?
If the rubber remains equally distributed in the mulch, not much must be achieved, micro-fine ground sawdust is extremely flammable, but highly abundant around pre-fab components for building homes, lumber yards, furniture factories (sadly few left in the US – NAFTA sent them to Mexico, today however in Asia). So, sawdust is an abundant substance it seems. Are not there strict regulations on sawdust in the US? I mean OSHA, EPA, fire rules, etc.? It would be nice to get the rubber you mention from used tires, although that may be tough too as a result of toxins from the melting of rubber + the steel in the steel belted radial tires for advantage – certainly something to take into account.