Thursday, September 24, 2009

Landfills are 40% Cardboard

According to Jeff Hill of Frog Box, a company that supplies reusable plastic moving boxes and totes, over 90% of the products shipped in, and out of and around Washington State are packaged in cardboard boxes, which requires huge chunks of forest resources each year to produce. Cardboard and paper products take up 40% of our state’s landfills, and old corrugated cardboard is one of the most commonly found items in industrial and residential waste streams.

It doesn’t have to be that way. Reusable services like Frog Box is one way to reduce the impact of cardboard use. Recycling is another. There are many options available if you just know where they are. Conscientiously separating your recycling and using curbside pick-up services is one way. That doesn’t work for everyone. You may not have that service where you live or work, you may not be willing to pay extra for it if your service charges, or you may have too much to fit in the bins.

We have a soltuion. AtWork! has been in the business of recycling cardboard and paper products for 15 years. Our collection site is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Just moved and have a whole lot of boxes to recycle? Cleaning out old records and need to have sensitive documents shredded and recycled? Got a whole stack of magazines that you no longer want? What about that old phone book? AtWork! takes it all. Recyclable commodities are sorted, bailed and sold. Proceeds go to support AtWork!’s programs and services that help people with disabilities find and keep good jobs in the community. And, the sorting and bailing is performed by individuals who are learning to enhance skills that they can offer a future employer.

Visit our Recycle page to learn about all the things we recycle. The recycle yard is located at 970 7th Ave NW in Issaquah. Contact us at 425.274.4021 with your questions or to learn more about our services.

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