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Hairyloon

Cardboard.

I have more cardboard than I know what to do with. Obviously, it could go for waste to energy, or gerbil bedding, but I can't help thinking there are better things to do with it...
dpack

recycled is an obvious choice ,it makes new packaging and uses far less energy than tree to packaging

composted,it only adds a bit of bulk but it can be used to provide air spaces retain moisture as a lid etc.

as weed suppressing ground cover ,for the veg garden and especially under electric poultry netting to avoid weeds shorting the pulse

slug trap ,they hide under it for easy collection(see above)
vegplot

Recycle it at your local facility.
gregotyn

Baled up it is worth money! we do all ous at work and worth a few bob each quarter
Hairyloon

Baled up it is worth money! we do all ous at work and worth a few bob each quarter

I spot a couple of teeny flaws in that idea, but out of interest, do you know what it fetches?
gregotyn

No, but I will ask.
Hairyloon

No, but I will ask.

Thanks. Don't go to trouble on it though: it is more curiosity he serious intent.
Always good to know the value of things though, especially when they're things tat most folk think of as rubbish.
onemanband

Prices here
It'll be the same issues we've discussed before with small scale plastic recycling ......... finding someone who takes it on a small scale and/or storing enough. Guess a ton of either would fill a garage and is it worth hassle/storage/transport/time for 50-100.

Mine goes in recycling bin and sometimes on compost heap.
Hairyloon

Guess a ton of either would fill a garage
Depends how good your compactor is...
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and is it worth hassle/storage/transport/time for 50-100.

Depends how much space you've got and where is has got to go. At least plastic is weatherproof, so it can be stored in the yard.
Shame that site only gives prices for HDPE and PET. What do I do with my box of ABS?
Also interesting to note that coloured PET is worth much less than clear: perhaps something to consider while shopping?
onemanband

Guess a ton of either would fill a garage
Depends how good your compactor is...

Yeh probably an over estimate.
Cardboard density is 700kg/m3, so a ton of flat packed boxes would take up, say, 2m3
and you'd get, say, 12ton in a garage
Hairyloon

Cardboard density is 700kg/m3, so a ton of flat packed boxes would take up, say, 2m3
Except most box cardboard is corrugated....
onemanband

Cardboard density is 700kg/m3, so a ton of flat packed boxes would take up, say, 2m3
Except most box cardboard is corrugated....

Depends how good your compactor is .... Wink

Doooh didn't think about corrugations.
2m3 didn't sound right
4m3 then ?
12Bore

Ours cardboard packaging is baled at work, we produce several bales per day, 1.2m x 1m x 1m, each approx 1 ton, it goes off to be recycled, comes back at some point as new packaging. Andrea

We use stacks of the stuff, particularly in winter, under animal bedding.
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