The use of cardboard is all around us. It is mainly used as protective packaging for products but is becoming more commonly used in food packaging. It allows for people to neatly organize oddly shaped items into an easy to maintain shape. Board is a lot more rigid than paper, but cannot hold the same amount of weight as plastic due to its rigid nature. Most board can be recycled and so is seen as
environmentally friendly but there is more to this than many are aware of.
Benefits of Board packaging:
- Board can be easily recycled in New Zealand with approximately half of collected board being recycled here.
- It provides a rigid option for protecting products while in transit.
- Provides a platform for marketing your brand and product.
Issues around the use of Board packaging:
- Ensuring that it is disposed of appropriately is key. Although easy to do, some people are still unaware of the correct options.
- Some board options can have plastic liners, laminates and coatings included which can make these unrecyclable without being separated.
Board recycling in New Zealand:
There are a variety of options for disposing of your board in New Zealand. The most common option is for your board to be put into curbside recycling. Commercial operations are also available to collect larger quantities of board from businesses. Recycling in New Zealand is running at full capacity. In July 2020 the Government announced that $124 million will be invested in recycling infrastructure. Oji Full Circle provide collection of board products so that they can return these materials back into more products. They are closing the loop on this material to reduce the need for virgin material.