Cardboard paper recycling box boxes

The good news is cardboard can be recycled at the kerbside, and most of us in Wrexham are doing this 🙂

But it’s been brought to our attention by our recycling team that we’re not getting cardboard recycling quite right…we’re going to need to make some small tweaks to properly do our bit for Wrexham and be recycling superheroes.

So, here’s a quick rundown of how you can correctly recycle cardboard boxes in Wrexham.


Remove everything extra

Yep, and we mean everything! So any tape, staples, bubble wrap, plastic film etc must be removed from your cardboard box before you recycle it.

Unfortunately, some of us aren’t doing this…we’re just taking our item from the box and not thinking about what other materials might be left behind.

In some cases at our recycling centres, we’ve found clothes, rugs, food, mixed plastics and even a Christmas tree still inside cardboard boxes!

Cllr David A Bithell, Lead Member for Environment and Transport, said, “Before recycling cardboard boxes, we’re asking people to consider what other materials might still be inside or attached to the cardboard.

“The only materials that you should be putting in your blue sack or top wheelie box are cardboards and papers, so any bubble wrap, film or tape should be removed beforehand. It’s a small thing people can do to help, which makes a massive difference.”

Flatten the boxes

If you flatten your boxes before recycling them in your blue bag/top wheelie bin, it’ll leave much more room for the rest of your cardboard and papers…and as we know, Space Is Ace!

It also allows our collection rounds to run much more efficiently, so everyone benefits 🙂

But if your box/bag still gets full, leave extra cardboard/papers in a clear plastic bag (so our crew can see what’s inside), and we’ll recycle it and leave you the clear plastic bag to re-use again.

When doing this though, it’s important not to mix materials…for example, don’t fill a bag half with paper/cardboard and half with plastic. In this case, please still separate the materials like you would with your other recycling, so have one bag for the papers/cardboard and another bag for the plastic.

Don’t forget about our recycling centres

If you’re ever overloaded with cardboard, you can always take it to any of our three recycling centres in Wrexham.

Each recycling centre has a designated bin solely for brown corrugated cardboard, and there’s also other ones for mixed papers, in which you can place all your other papers, newspapers, magazines and card packaging. So it’s best to separate your corrugated cardboard from the rest beforehand.

If you need a reminder, you can find our recycling centres at:

Bryn Lane, Wrexham Industrial Estate
The Lodge, Brymbo
Wynnstay Bank, Plas Madoc

As always, thanks for recycling and doing your bit for Wrexham 🙂

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