The Importance of Recycling During a Pandemic

Jul 16, 2020 12:10 PM ET

Just about everything is shipped in a paper box including vital medical supplies and everyday items you buy at the grocery store. It’s also why recycling paper products and cardboard boxes has become even more critical to ensure there’s enough paper to support a variety of manufacturers in the supply chain.  
During the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s been high demand for necessary supplies and without recycling, it’s hard for paper and cardboard manufacturers to keep up with the needs of the health care and grocery industries.

A recent survey by the Carton Council of North America found that most consumers don’t relate recycling to making new paper products, and 18% didn’t think recycling had any impact on alleviating paper shortages. It’s a troubling statistic because recycling is an important part of preserving valuable resources and supporting a circular economy to get the most out of existing materials. 

We’re pretty sure no one wants another toilet paper shortage. So, it’s vital for everyone to recycle paper-based packaging to help meet the demand for products like toilet paper, tissues and paper towels. If recyclable paper products are tossed in the trash, it’s a missed opportunity.

Keep recycling your paper products now and always. Just remember that dirty and wet paper is not recyclable so keep it clean and dry. To learn more about recycling paper products and other materials, visit