Cardboard (high value)
Dry and clean corrugated cardboard
5 percent pasteboard
What’s not accepted:
Milk and orange juice cartons
Paper towel or toilet paper tubes
Wet corrugated cardboard
Pasteboard that has touched food directly
What you need to know:
If you’re not sure if it’s corrugated, rip it and look at the cross-section. If you see something that looks like wavelengths, then it’s corrugated.
All recycled cardboard must be clean. No grease, spills or food stains. If food touched it, throw it out.
Cardboard with a wax or colored coating is fine.
Fed-Ex envelopes are considered to be pasteboard.
Cereal boxes are OK because they have a lining and therefore do not touch the food.
Fast food boxes, such as what a Big Mac comes in, are not OK because they come into direct contact with food.
Remember to remove everything from the boxes before putting them in: Styrofoam, wax liners, anything that’s not cardboard.
It won’t be accepted if it’s wet.
It's generally the highest market value commodity.
Why is there a 5 percent limit on pasteboard?
“It’s more for us, and it’s to let people know that if they brought up nothing but pasteboard, we really have to use some judgment on it, whether we would take it or not.” — Olsen