Why Hire a Box Recycling & Pick Up Service?

By HomeAdvisor

Updated January 28, 2020

boxes prepared for recycling by a service

Box recycling and disposal services help homeowners get rid of spare boxes in an environmentally-friendly way. Some areas have no state program in place, requiring homeowners to hire private companies. Contacting a recycling service can eliminate a difficult step for homeowners when it comes to box disposal.

On This Page:

  1. Types of Boxes That Can Be Recycled
    1. Large Cardboard
    2. Pizza Box or Other Small Boxes
    3. Waxed Cartons
    4. U-Haul Moving Boxes
  2. Why Hire Box Breakdown & Recycling Help?
    1. Recycling Services vs. Centers
    2. Box Recycling Prices
    3. Finding Box Pick-Up & Drop-Off Services Near Me

What Type of Boxes Can Be Recycled?

When people imagine a box, they think of a cardboard container. However, there are many additional factors that can change how the box is recycled. Is it large? Short? Long? Thin? Does it have wax or tape on it? Below are some of the most common boxes that homeowners can recycle.

Large Cardboard Box

This is the box mostly commonly used for storage, or the one that houses new items like TVs or appliances. A professional box recycling company will usually have a special bin for large cardboard pieces, which simplifies the process for the homeowner. If a service allows recyclables to be put in the bin, the large boxes must be cut or broken down first, another task that the service can provide.

Pizza & Other Small Boxes

Small boxes go through the same process as their large counterparts. Pizza boxes are tricky. Grease from the pizza fuses to the corrugated cardboard, making it unrecyclable. This is because the cardboard needs to mix with water during the process to separate wood and paper pulp. Unfortunately, water and the oil from the grease don’t mix.

If you want to recycle a pizza box, remove the lid and potentially the sides. Most companies accept pieces that don’t have grease.

Most small cardboard boxes that have not been compromised with grease can be dropped off at a regular paper recycling plant.

Waxed Cartons

Waxed cartons, especially waxed cardboard, are common in kitchens. Some examples would be juice containers, frozen food packages, and ice cream cartons. They can be recycled, but only at a special plant that can handle the extra step of removing the wax.

U-Haul Moving

Most U-Haul facilities have a service that accepts boxes, so they can be reused by someone else instead of being broken down. Contact the nearest store to determine what kind of programs they have and where you, or a hired assistant, can drop off the boxes.

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Why Hire Box Breakdown and Recycling Help?

A hired recycling service provider simplifies the process by carting objects from one place to another. There are a lot of reasons to hire this kind of help.

  • Hired help can find a recycling plant that accepts waxed cartons.
  • Professionals have access to more facilities.
  • Many service providers will sort the recycling before it goes to the plant.

This service is beneficial for homeowners who…

  • has lots of leftover packages from moving.
  • is disabled or elderly and don’t have a place to store the boxes.
  • doesn’t have public or private recycling services provided in their area.
  • is too busy to drop the boxes off.
  • doesn’t have access to a recycling plan.
  • works in an office that has a large surplus and needs assistance.

Recycling Services vs. Recycling Centers

A home recycling service will pick up materials from your residence and take them to a recycling center. The center is the building where materials are broken down to be made into new items. Most people can’t go to them on their own because the buildings have restricted access. A professional can bring any materials to the center themselves, so you know your products end up in the right place.

Box Recycling Prices

The price to recycle boxes varies by the size of the job and how often the process needs to happen. Most homeowners can expect to pay between $20 and $250 for a one-time service. Repeat clients can sign up for a fixed rate per load that falls between $100 and $500 for a full bin.

Finding Box Pick-up & Drop-off Recycling Services Near Me

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  1. carrie lafar-leary, June 25:

    we need assistance with picking up recycle items in our basement of my mothers residence.
    wood strips along ceiling panels . Pls advise live in Milton, VT. We are wondering if there are free services for this.

    Pls let us know

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