What happens to Cardboard?

OCC is sent to facilities in Belgium. Because the fibre lengths in cardboard are longer, the material is stronger and can be recycled more times than paper or newspaper:

  • Bales of cardboard are put into an articulated lorry at the MRF in Smugglers Way and taken to the facility.
  • Bales are off-loaded and visually inspected for high levels of contaminants.
  • Material is shredded, cleaned and pulped, with a whisk-like machine pulling any remaining contaminants out.
  • The pulp is then dried and rolled to make sheets which are then used to make new cardboard packaging.