Bay Area Recycling Sees Surplus of Cardboard Following Holidays

Recycling companies are seeing an increase in cardboard boxes right now.

Makes sense, with the holidays ending.

The U.S. Postal Service estimated it would deliver 10 percent more packages in 2017 than the year before, many of them in boxes.

And with an increase in holiday shopping online, many boxes ended up on curbs over the last couple of weeks.

Recycling companies like Bay Area Recycling for Charities in Traverse City says they always see an increase in cardboard this time of year.

“When we’re out doing our recycling pickups we get a lot of cardboard throughout the year but when it comes to Christmas time, wrapping paper and cardboard especially you see a lot more of that material. I know we ordered more things online this year and so we had things showing up on our doorstep in cardboard,” says founder and president of BARC, Andrew Gale.

Bay Area Recycling for Charities says the best thing to do to make things easier for them: break down boxes before putting them in your recycling bin or taking them to a drop off location.

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