The Corrugated Packaging Alliance has reported that the recycling rate for corrugated containers reached 88.5 percent last year as usage of wax coatings decreased to 3 percent—down 39 percent from 2002. The CPA states that recyclable alternatives to wax coating has spurred this trend as the packaging industry adopts sustainable options.
More corrugated cardboard is recycled than any other packaging material. Dennis Colley, executive director of the CPA, says:
“Corrugated is the most reliable, cost-effective, and sustainable package available for transporting most products, including those requiring moisture protection such as fresh produce. Even those boxes can be made with recyclable materials. The continuous decrease in wax coatings to below 3 percent of total industry volume means that renewable, recyclable corrugated can be used for even the most demanding applications.”