The responsibility and costs of dealing with the continually growing mountain of packaging waste (such as single use containers) is currently falling onto taxpayers, councils and communities.  The waste from packaging accounts for about one eighth of the rubbish sent to landfills.  Each New Zealander throws away 83 kilograms of used packaging every year* (*Ministry for the Environment) 
 From an international perspective and according to the Waste Management company of USA, cardboard that is not recycled still makes up more than 40% of the composition of landfills.  Following research some alarming statistics have been bought to light…

Each ton of paper consumed uses these resources...

  1. 17 trees
  2. 299 litres of oil
  3. 26500 litres of water
  4. 42,000 kilowatts of energy
  5. 227 litres of air pollution
  6. 2.3 cubic metres of landfill space
  7. Increased local council costs
  8. Increased tax dollars
  9. Over a third of all cardboard ends up in Landfill!

If 60 boxes at 500g makes 30kg per move, 100 moves per month is 3 tonnes, over a year is 36 tonnes of cardboard. 

Solid Waste Management

A growing population puts increasing demands on landfills. Very simply, they're filling up. Paper products, including both types of cardboard, account for more than 40 percent of landfill content, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA (USA).

Every ton of paper requires more than
3.3 cubic yards of space in a landfill

Although cardboard is highly biodegradable, it does not readily break down when compressed in a landfill. In fact, studies have shown it hardly decomposes. According to the EPA's website, "Research by William Rathje, who runs the Garbage Project, has shown that, when excavated from a landfill, newspapers from the 1960s can be intact and readable."

Incineration is another solid waste disposal method; however, it generates toxic fumes and air pollution as a by-product.