Cardboard vs Paperboard

Are you aware that there are two primary types of boxes? The two primary types of boxes are corrugated cardboard and paperboard, sometimes called boxboard. For the purposes of recycling the differences are very important.

Differences Between Cardboard & Paperboard
Corrugated cardboard is made up of several layers with a ribbed center and paper on both sides. It is used for packaging items like furniture, appliances and they are excellent moving boxes because of their heavy duty design. Alternatively, paperboard is a single layer pressed boxboard and is typically used for retail packaging. Some examples of paperboard packaging include: pop, cereal, tissue, and cake mix boxes.

Otter Tail County accepts both corrugated cardboard and paperboard for recycling, but they need to be separated from each other. Paperboard should be placed in the "Mixed Paper" portion of the large blue recycling canisters or mixed in with newspaper for curbside recycling, while corrugated cardboard is entirely separate.

Recycling Corrugated Cardboard
Corrugated cardboard can be recycled at any of Otter Tail County's recycling canister sites in the dumpsters marked "corrugated cardboard." The corrugated cardboard containers feature openings approximately 6 inches high by 48 inches long. The opening size is designed so everyone must break their boxes down to save space and to allow greater volume to be placed in before we need to service the container. It will also be more difficult for those who may misuse these recycling containers to put unwanted/inappropriate items.

Additionally, corrugated cardboard is picked up curbside in the cities of Fergus Falls and Perham. Please flatten and bundle your corrugated cardboard and place with your other recyclables for pick-up. Corrugated cardboard, along with all other recyclables can be taken to the Recycling Redemption Centers.

Recycling Paperboard
Paperboard can be recycled at any of Otter Tail County's recycling canister sites as well, but should be placed in the container marked "mixed paper" or on older bins "newsprint."

Paperboard is picked up curbside in the cities of Fergus Falls and Perham as well. Please flatten your paperboard and place with your recyclable newsprint for pick-up. Paperboard, along with all other recyclables can be taken to the Recycling Redemption Centers.

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