Lincoln recently became the first city in Nebraska to push for a landfill ban on wasted cardboard, a move that was shot down by the city council who decided the alternative—recycling it –would be too expensive. Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler called the move, “disappointing, short-sighted and fiscally irresponsible.”
But that story is an extreme example. Recycling of old corrugated cardboard (OCC) remains wildly popular. Recovery rates reached a record high of 92.9 percent in 2015, up from 54.5 percent in 1993, according to the organization Paper Recycles.
Its value is rising too, at least for now. On the West Coast, for example, the price for OCC rose from $120 per ton last spring to about $150 a ton this summer, according to Steve Sutta, CEO of The Sutta Co., a recycling and sustainability firm providing services to corporate clients. read more >>