Cardboard Boxes

Recycling Centers Struggle to Manage Uptick in Cardboard Boxes

This material uptick is due to a record online holiday shopping season.

The holiday season may have come and gone, but consumers and businesses are continuing to send massive amounts of cardboard boxes to recycling centers. This material uptick is due to a record online holiday shopping season.

In 2017, Amazon shipped more than five billion items for Prime members and the U.S. Postal Service delivered about 10 percent more packages than in 2016.

CBS News has more information:

Companies that recycle cardboard boxes are overwhelmed after record holiday shopping online. The U.S. Postal Service estimated it would deliver 10 percent more packages in 2017 than the year before. Amazon, the leader in online shopping, said it shipped more than five billion items for Prime members in 2017. All of that cardboard is a huge recycling challenge.

One after another, a train of trucks unloads at the Burbank Recycle Center near Los Angeles. Natasha Gagarin emptied an SUV packed with empty boxes – "well over 200," she estimated.

As a mom of four, this holiday season was all about convenience.

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