Friday, January 12, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Deboxing Days a Success

blue recycling bags of cardboard at the curb for waste collection

The City of St. John’s Waste and Recycling Division thanks all those who took part in the recent Deboxing Days promotion and put cardboard, bundled or in blue bags, at the curb on their recycling days from Dec. 11, 2017 to Jan. 6, 2018.

During this period the City received 221 tonnes of cardboard; 40 tonnes more than received last year for the same period. This is a 170 per cent increase in cardboard recycling for the same period two years ago, before the City began a Deboxing Days campaign.

From the pictures of cardboard recycling posted with the hashtag #DeboxingDays on social media, and ballots received at the Robin Hood Bay Residential Drop Off from cardboard recyclers, ten winners were randomly selected to receive a $50 gift card donated by North Atlantic, for use at their gas bars or Orange Store locations.

Recycling cardboard benefits the environment and the economy. The fees charged to commercial waste haulers, which includes the City of St. John’s, to dump garbage are more than three times higher than recycling fees. Cardboard is a high-valuable commodity for resale through recycling programs which reduces the cost of operations at Robin Hood Bay.