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To increase the marketability of cardboard, we bale cardboard separately from other paper products. Please breakdown/flatten your cardboard. It is definitely easier to bring in a lot of cardboard at once when it's broken down anyway, so if you break it down at home, you'll be able to bring in more and it will be less time-consuming for you at the Recycling Center. We cannot accept waxed cardboard or food-contaminated carboard (i.e. pizza boxes). Thanks.


The cardboard recycling process turns used cardboard and paper into a pulp that is transformed into new paper items. The bulk of the newsprint, paper towels, toilet paper and storage boxes that people utilize today are a direct result of the efforts of the recycling industry. And thanks to increased government mandates, cardboard recycling has greatly decreased the amount of paper waste that is produced by the private and business sectors of the United States.

During the recycling process, cardboard is soaked in water and then agitated, transforming it back into its original wood pulp state. Any contaminants or foreign matter that are then found in the pulp are removed, and the wood pulp is once again dried and pressed into sheets. Cardboard can sustain this type of process approximately five times before it begins to disintegrate, rendering it useless.

Recycling cardboard and other paper products limits the amount sent to landfills and garbage dumps. It also reduces the pollution created by paper making factories. But an even greater advantage to cardboard recycling is the amount of trees that are saved every year thanks to the increased use of recycled paper by businesses and environmentally conscious people.

Two types of cardboard can be recycled: flat cardboard, which is typically used in cereal and shoe boxes, and old corrugated cardboard (OCC), which has a ruffled layer between the two flat pieces of cardboard and is often used in packing boxes.

It is common to find cereal boxes, pizza boxes and milk containers flattened and tied up with other cardboard on recycling day. But because most of these cardboards are wax-coated, the recycling process for these items is different from that of uncoated cardboard, and they should be bundled separately. All recyclables should be grouped according to collection company guidelines. If you are not sure which items are recyclable, contact your rubbish company or municipality.

Dropoff Locations Accepting Cardboard
Location Address Link to map
Birmingham Recycling and Recovery
9 41st St S
Birmingham, AL 35222
Moore Coal, Inc
129 4th St N
Bessemer, AL 35020
KMAC Services
2631 F L Shuttlesworth Dr
Birmingham, AL 35234
Huntsville Recyclery
1004 A Cleaner SW Way
Huntsville, AL 35805
Randolph Elementary School
7259 Bibb County Road 36
Randolph, AL 36792
Lee County DROPOFF 7
"12" Disposal Site on Lee Road 240
Opelika, AL 36803
Lee County DROPOFF 6
Motts Disposal Site on US Highway 280/431 in Smiths Station
Smiths Station, AL 36877
Discovery Recycling LLC
5839 Andrews Ave
Ozark, AL 36360
City of Clay
6757 Old Springville Road
Pinson, AL 35126
City of Opelika DROPOFF
Opelika, AL 36801