And that’s a process that needs to keep on cycling through to keep the cardboard industry – and nearly all other business sectors – buoyant.
It’s not just the Christmas rush that has created the need for boxes. There was an explosion in demand for e-commerce and home delivery during the beginning of the pandemic – a 33% increase in 2020 over 2019* (equating to 74 boxes per person) – and all those deliveries required packaging and boxes made from their constituent component: fibre. In a chicken and egg scenario, demand and usage increased while supply – of which 85% is fuelled by recycled household paper fibre – fell to just under 6m tonnes nationwide.
Here at Restore Datashred our paper recycling process never sleeps, because that’s one of our core business activities. And, it turns out, it’s not only an important activity for our and our customers’ environmental and social commitments, but it’s also proving a crucial pivot point in whether many businesses are able to distribute and deliver their products affordably and profitably across the nation.
How can we all help?
Carry on recycling. Make sure you continue with paper recycling, whether it is for your household paper or box waste, your local council collections are crucial. Don’t hoard cardboard boxes at home unless you need to use them – your country needs them more!
Of course, businesses are also a massive contributor to paper fibre through recycling cardboard boxes, and also by disposing of confidential paper documentation through the correct channels. By correct channels, we mean using paper shredding services such as those we supply here at Restore Datashred. Not only are you ensuring a steady flow of paper fibre that we send for pulping and reuse as card and other paper products by businesses UK-wide. You are also complying with regulations, and guaranteeing the security and safety of your organisation’s confidential information from the moment you place it in one of our secure disposal bins, to when it falls onto the blades of our state-of-the-art shredding machines.
All our operatives are security-checked professionals; all our processes are accredited above and beyond industry standards; all of our customer services team are knowledgeable and friendly, and we always aim for 0% of our customers’ paper waste going into landfills.
Like to do your bit to keep the wheels of industry turning as we head fully into 2022? Contact us or give one of our highly approachable team a call on 0800 376 4422, and carry on recycling!
*Pitney Bowes Parcel Shipping Index