It takes 3 tons of trees
to produce 1 ton of
virgin cardboard.


OCC (Cardboard)

Cardboard

  Cardboard used in packaging is known in the recycling industry as “Old Corrugated Cardboard,” or OCC.  It is the single largest

component of solid waste produced by businesses every year.  90 percent of products in the

United States are shipped in cardboard.  OCC is bulky, and in business it can accumulate

quickly and become very difficult, and costly to dispose of.  Cardboard takes up landfill space,

and as it begins  to break down, it releases a dangerous greenhouse gas called methane

Forests play a critical role in drawing carbon out of the

atmosphere, its called carbon sink.  By not recycling,

deforestation for cardboard production reduces these carbon sinks, allowing more carbon

dioxide to remain in the atmosphere. 

   Every recycled bale of cardboard saves 17 trees, 7000 gallons of water, 462 gallons

of oil, 3 cubic yards of landfill space and enough energy to heat a home in the United

States for six months. The recycling process turns cardboard into a pulp that’s

transformed into many new paper products that we use every day.  Newspapers,

paper towels, toilet paper, and storage

boxes used today are a direct result of cardboard recycling. 


In 2013 J.S. Fesmire Hauling recycled 2500 tons of cardboard, saving:

15,000,000 lbs. of trees from the mill

23.3 million gallons of water

1.5 million gallons of oil

10,000 cubic yards of landfill space

Enough energy to heat 1700 US homes for one year

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