Corrugated Recycling: Thinking about the box
November 19, 2007
The Corrugated Packaging Alliance (CPA) created this symbol to show that the marked corrugated material is recyclable, not that it’s been recycled yet – that’s up to you. The corrugated recycling symbol is available in three versions. Print ready copies are available too, and you can add appropriate text.
OK, so it’s a good thing to make packaging out of recyclable materials. Probably. But what about reusable packaging? What is the cost of collecting and moving packaging material to a recycling facility, then recycling it, and then redistributing the results? … as compared to the cost of, say, folding the packaging up and returning it to the place it came from for reuse? This would seem to work particularly well where delivery vehicles take packaged goods one way and return with empty packaging.
Really, I have no idea about the answer to this. (One day?) However, I don’t see the need for recyclable packaging going away for a long time yet, so anything that helps could be a good idea.
As for the symbol… I’m unconvinced. If I saw it, would I correctly think it’s for recycling? – rather than about recycled – or would I need the explanation in print too? Couldn’t they have just used the standard recycling symbol, with an extra symbol in the middle or underneath?
This entry is part of the Infomancy Eco-Symbols Series.