All about recycling cardboard

All about recycling cardboard

Each one of us is responsible to break down our own boxes.

Do you break down your cardboard boxes before they go into the recycling bins on your floor? Do you take you larger cardboard boxes down to the recycle containers in the trash rooms on P2? If so, the cleaning team thanks you!

They ask that you also remember that styrofoam is not recyclable and must be carried down the to P2 trash rooms as well, unless it is broken into pieces small enough to fit inside the trash chute.

If each floor of each building has extra recycling that doesn’t fit in the bins, that would mean 2 extra trips per floor per building each week, or 40 extra trips to the P2 room each week, 2000 per year. If each extra trip is 5 minutes, that’s 166 extra work hours, which is an entire work month for one person. To put it in perspective: cleaning staff hours will affect the next year’s association dues.

If you notice that your floor seems to have an ongoing problem with box recycling, please take a short moment to send a note off to Erica.


So here’s the rule of thumb for recycling boxes of all sizes:

  • If you are recycling a cardboard box, it must be crushed or broken down before going into the blue recycling wheelie bin.
  • If you don’t put boxes into the recycling bin on your floor, you must carry them downstairs to the trash room on P2 and set them in the proper cardboard collection bin. This is most often the case for neighbors moving in.
  • Under no circumstances are boxes to be left sitting on the floor of the recycling closets, whether whole or broken down. It’s our responsibility to deal with our own boxes.
  • If a new neighbor is moving in, please offer to guide them down to the P2 trash room to show them the large-sized recycling bins.
  • Large styrofoam must go down the chute or be carried to the trash bins on P2.
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Erica Hensley Lyman

Erica Hensley Lyman

Work for Nova AMP as the WFP Property Manager, with responsibility for day-to-day management and spending. If you have questions or needs, use the online contact form. Look up on the menu, go to Contacts > Request Forms > Property Management.

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