Save a tree! Recycle a box. Cardboard is made of paper, which in its place is made of wood fibres. The production of 1 ton of virgin cardboard (material that doesn’t contain recycled cardboard) requires 3 tons of wood. This is why it is important to recycle cardboard waste for the production of new cardboard, because this saves a lot of trees.
Alternatives to cardboard boxes are wooden or plastic crates. The advantage of crates over cardboard boxes is their lifespan, as they can be reused more often.
Cardboard can be recycled many times, but not endlessly as the paper fibres shorten every time it's put through a recycling process. Therefore, new paper fibres have to be added to the cardboard pulp during the recycling process to strengthen the base material before producing new cardboard.
Reduce the need for new boxes, by sourcing from the ReUse Academy at the Whanganui Environment Base, supermarkets and other retailers.
Take clean, intact boxes to the ReUse Academy.
Cardboard can also used the garden for weed control and preparing new garden beds.
This Be Active Kids link has 50 Cool Things To Do With A Cardboard Box.
As boxes can be recycled, this is the best solution.
Cardboard boxes can be composted but may require cutting/shredding.