Ever wonder what happens to cardboard that you put into your recycling bin? Ever wonder what all those retail shops do with that cardboard that everything comes in? Well, once the boxes are crushed they are sent for recycling, turns out cardboard is actually worth something, and there’s a shortage, most of it ends up in”empty” freight containers going back to China. The Chinese are huge buyers of our recyclables, cardboard very much included. The majority of the boxes we get in the mail or delivered are manufactured from recycled material, but not all.
Really, our think tank was discussing this long ago, and we did a small experiment to see, one of our members told us that he saw a stamp on one of his cardboard boxes – made in the united states, and it was virgin cardboard never from recycled material, see we do make something in the US besides airliners and hamburgers. 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 making it stronger next-round? What if we add ingredients because it’s broken down during the recycling phase, then during the next recycling phase, it might need a different process than present, although if the added components are broken down, dissolved and precipitated out, such as the clear packaging tape is, during a very similar process, then we could win this way.
Still, if updates are necessary, we catch the Chinese off their game, meaning we must process the cardboard from here on out, as they won’t have the facilities yet, and we can ship rolls of merchandise back to them in the cargo containers as opposed to crushed and bundled cardboard cubes strapped with ties. Imagine if we were to add rubber strands from old tires also recycled?
If the rubber remains evenly distributed in the mulch, perhaps not much must be done, micro-fine ground sawdust is highly flammable, but exceptionally abundant around pre-fab components for building houses, timber yards, furniture factories (unfortunately few left in the US – NAFTA sent them to Mexico, today however in Asia). So, sawdust is an abundant substance it sounds. Are not there strict regulations on sawdust in the US? I mean OSHA, EPA, fire rules, etc.? It would be nice for the rubber you mention from used tires, even though that might be tough too as a result of toxins in the melting of rubber + the steel in the steel belted radial tires for advantage – certainly something to consider.