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Cardboard Box Removal – 7 Great Ways to Dispose of Them

15 October 2021

Carboard box removal: How to dispose of used cardboard boxes sustainably

Here at LoveJunk, we like to give top tips and best practices for all forms of cardboard box removal! This guide explores all the different ways you can dispose of cardboard boxes in an eco-friendly, efficient way!

  1. Put boxes into your Council paper & card Collection 
  2. Put them outside with a sign saying ‘please take me’
  3. Take boxes to your Local HWRC
  4. Ask your Removal Company if they Want the Boxes
  5. Ask the Furniture Retailer to Remove them at Delivery
  6. Donate the boxes online through Freecycle or Gumtree
  7. Use a Licensed Waste Contractor to remove them


1. Put cardboard boxes into your council paper and card collection

It’s the most obvious option, but not one to forget.  Most council offers a cardboard box collection for recycling.  Each council may differ slightly in how regular the collection is, but generally, they’re fortnightly collections.

Green boxes aren’t just for paper and cardboard. You can also use them to get rid of newspapers, magazines, brochures, catalogues, phone directories, leaflets, flyers, envelopes and wrapping paper.

Sometimes though, we end up with too much waste for our wheelie bins or green boxes.

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2. Put them outside with a sign saying – please take me!

There are a few different reasons someone might want to take cardboard boxes off your hands, such as for storage or packing when moving house.

One option of advertising cardboard boxes for anyone to take is to put them outside your house with a sign saying ‘please take me’ or ‘free’.  You’d be surprised how quickly items get picked up by strangers who have a use for them.

Tip: Make sure you don’t place them outside on a day that’s meant to rain because the boxes will be soggy and of no use!

3. Take boxes to your local HWRC

If you have too many boxes for your normal paper and cardboard collection, another way to get rid of your cardboard is to take it to your local HWRC (Household Waste Recycling Centre). Cardboard disposal at HWRC’s is free, although you might want to double-check your council’s website, as some do charge for disposal.

As long as you have the wheels to get to the tip, this is a great option for getting rid of cardboard boxes.  It’s an even better option if you have other waste to get rid of too because you can get rid of it all in one go.

For more help on HWRC’s, how they work and prohibited items, here’s our HWRC guide.


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4. Ask your removal company if they want the boxes

Your removal company might be interested in taking your boxes. Removal companies are often interested in cardboard boxes if they’re still in good condition because they could offer them to future customers moving house who need boxes. Obviously though, if they’re in bad condition, it’s very unlikely they’ll want to take them away for you.

5. Ask the Furniture Retailer to Remove them at Delivery

If you are having furniture delivered, the retailer may offer a recycling scheme or collection for the cardboard packaging.  It’s best to contact your retailer to find out if this is something they offer before delivery, or you may end up disappointed if the delivery driver refuses to take away your cardboard boxes on the day.


6. Donate the Boxes Online 

There are websites you can use to offer freebies to your neighbours.  Some examples are Freecycle, Freegle, Gumtree, Nextdoor and Facebook Marketplace.  You can list items for free so that your cardboard boxes can be reused or repurposed.  Online marketplaces are a great way of connecting and finding someone in need of cardboard boxes.

neatly stacked cardboard box removal

7. Use a Licensed Waste Contractor to Remove Them

Finally, you can organise the removal and responsible disposal of cardboard boxes through a licensed waste contractor.  This is by far one of the most time-efficient options in this guide because waste contractors quite often offer same-day removal, which is a great alternative to waiting for the council’s next green box collection date.


And Finally…

The removal of cardboard boxes normally costs between £20-£80 depending on the size of the collection and how quickly you need the waste removed.  We have created a guide with example pictures and prices of cardboard box removals and how much they cost – check it out here. To find your cheapest cardboard waste collector, get in touch! Movehacks: How to Unpack and Organize Before, During and After You Open a Box.

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