Recycling facilities across the U.S. are currently working to manage an uptick in holiday waste, much of which is cardboard boxes from online shopping. One recycling facility in Burbank, Calif., is dealing with a “cardboard tsunami,” according to an Inside Edition report, but cardboard can easily be broken down and reused.
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Mountains of empty boxes are piled high at recycling centers across the country due to consumers' ever-growing appetite for online shopping. Cyber Monday alone smashed previous shopping records, as retailers reported $9.2 billion in sales.
Kreigh Hampel is the coordinator at a recycling facility in Burbank, California, where more and more workers are being brought in to deal with what he called the state's "cardboard tsunami."
The recycling facility undertakes the important task of separating heaps of cardboard from other trash. Though the sorting occurs year-round, the influx of cardboard increases considerably during the holiday season, he said.