Yes, cardboard boxes can be recycled very easily and efficiently. By recycling cardboard, you are reducing your environmental footprint while also contributing to the reuse and production of new cardboard material.
Cardboard is recyclable as long as it is dry and not contaminated with food or oil. Cardboard can be recycled many times over. The majority of cardboard is composed of about 70 - 90% recycled materials; however, some is composed of nearly 100% recycled materials.
During the recycling process at the paper mill, cardboard is first shredded into tiny pieces, also known as fibers. Next, the fibers are mixed with water and chemicals to be broken down. The end result is called pulp.
The pulp is then filtered to remove any and all debris, such as tape, glue, metal, dyes and ink.
After it has been thoroughly cleaned, the pulp is left to dry. Once the drying process is complete, the pulp is then formed into solid sheets, or linerboards, which are glued together in layers to create new cardboard.