Can wet cardboard still be recycled?
We recommend that you do not recycle wet cardboard. It clogs up the automated sorting machines that most recycling facilities use. It is best to throw wet cardboard into the trash so that the entire recycling bin does not get wet.
Can you recycle paper that has gotten wet?
Wet paper, for example, is not recyclable and should be thrown in the garbage can instead of the recycling bin. Its fibers are shorter, making them less valuable. In addition, wet paper is at risk for contamination and many collection agencies won’t take it.
What happens if cardboard gets wet?
Cardboard may become brittle and even crumbly after getting wet. Water weakens the paper fibers, making cardboard less valuable. One more reason to keep your cardboard dry: wet cardboard tends to become moldy pretty quickly and mold is a contaminant in recycling. Moldy cardboard should NOT be recycled.
Why can wet cardboard be recycled?
Cardboard is supposed to be with other paper waste, but wet cardboard will be with other recyclable materials because the machine separates them by their weight, not material quality. Another thing that makes wet cardboard difficult to recycle is the changes in the fiber content.
Does wet cardboard get moldy?
Mildew will attack almost anything that is damp. Damp cardboard, as it is made from natural materials, provides an exceptional breeding ground for mildew. Mildew on cardboard may look like a semi-translucent white powder. It may also be blue-green or black in color.
Does cardboard soak up water?
We’re all familiar with how easily paper can soak up liquids. Corrugated “cardboard” boxes are no exception. The porosity of wood fibers, which is what corrugated boxes are made of, allows it to absorb and release moisture, a phenomenon that is known as hygroscopy.