About our Cardboard Recycling Service

Recycling Lives offers bespoke services for cardboard waste recycling. We ensure cardboard is fully recycled and never sent to landfill or used as waste to energy - collecting and recycling thousands of tonnes of cardboard every year for major retailers.

  • Guaranteeing closed-loop recycling to return recycled cardboard to market
  • Securing rebates to generate revenues from commodities
  • Supplying compactors and balers for client's cardboard disposal on-site

Our tailored services for cardboard collection and recycling include assessing your waste streams, installing equipment for improved operational efficiencies, increasing revenues from commodities and achieving high recycle rates.

Cardboard Recycling
Increasing efficiencies

Choose where to recycle your cardboard - whether on-site or at our facilities. We can recommend, install and even train your team to operate bespoke equipment at your sites, to improve efficiencies for cardboard disposal - we have implemented compactors and balers for clients so cardboard recycling can begin on-site. We also manage cardboard collection nationwide, ahead of processing and recycling at our dedicated General Waste site.

We are trusted by major retailers to manage their cardboard recycling. Working with large quantities of waste cardboard allows us to negotiate the very best price for rebates, with access to UK and international markets and reprocessors - we then pass these rebates on to our clients.

who we work with

  • KIER
  • Speedy
  • British Gas
  • Wates
  • BT
  • BT
  • Sellafield Ltd
  • suez environment

Benefits designed to help your business

  • Guaranteed closed-loop solutions for recycling all cardboard waste
  • Bespoke equipment to improve efficiencies for cardboard disposal
  • Tailored solutions to maximise rebates from commodities
  • Access to UK and international markets and reprocessors
  • Dedicated account managers; experts in cardboard recycling
  • Sales support team to handle day-to-day account management
  • Monthly reporting on cardboard collected and materials recycled
  • Compliance Services to ensure you meet all packaging disposal legislation and regulations


The process of recycling cardboard

We take care of the entire cardboard recycling process from collecting waste to exporting materials. We will advise you on how best to segregate your waste and keep cardboard clean.

All cardboard is compacted and baled at our General Waste site before being sent to a trusted partner company where it is processed and transformed into new products.  Our closed-loop recycling process aims to reduce the amount of cardboard waste being incinerated or sent to sent to landfill.

The regulations around cardboard recycling

The Duty of Care Regulations state that as a waste holder you must take all reasonable steps to:

  • Prevent unauthorised or harmful deposit, treatment or disposal of waste
  • Ensure that all waste is disposed of with a business or individuals that have the correct and relevant environmental permit issued but the Environmental Agency
  • Prevent other parties from breaching permit conditions relevant to the type of waste they process
  • Provide an accurate description of the waste when it is transferred to another business or individual
  • Retain waste documentation about non-hazardous waste for two years

In addition, any waste holder must ensure that waste is transferred to a business or individual that is:

  • Registered as a carrier, broker or dealer of waste
  • A waste management operator with an environmental permit or registered exemption to accept such waste

Cardboard Recycling FAQs

Find the answers to all your questions about Cardboard Recycling below.

Q: Can cardboard
be recycled?

Yes - we ensure all cardboard waste is recycled and not sent to landfill or incineration. This is ensured through simple cardboard disposal techniques; segregating waste streams and keeping cardboard clean.

Q: How is cardboard

All cardboard is processed at our General Waste site. It is compacted, baled and mixed with hot water to remove contaminants. This cleaned material is then sent to reprocessors, to be pressed into new products. Our closed-loop recycling process ensures no cardboard waste is sent to landfill or incineration.


Your cardboard recycling can begin at your own facilities - we will advise you on how best to segregate waste and keep cardboard clean. We can also recommend, install and even train your team to operate bespoke equipment, like compactors and balers, to improve efficiencies for cardboard disposal.

Q: Can you get paid for
cardboard recycling?

Yes - you can receive rebates from commodities like cardboard. We work with large quantities of cardboard, allowing us to negotiate the very best price for rebates from UK and international markets and reprocessors - we then pass these on to our clients.

Learn more about Recycling Lives

We’ve operated in the recycling sector for 40 years - learn more about our history and impact to date

Get in touch with Recycling Lives

We’d love to hear from you - contact us about recycling waste, working together or joining our team

What Sectors we operate in

We service all sectors - see how we can manage your waste for environmental and social benefit

why work with us

Josh Steiner Social Value & Sustainability Manager Wates Group Recycling Lives has reaped the rewards of strong commercial and social credentials to secure large-scale contracts. The high value and quality nature of the service, alongside its demonstrable social benefits has prompted the organisation’s ongoing success, allowing it to expand its range of services and open in new locations to achieve nationwide coverage Read moreRead less
Jeremy Hartley Managing Director Eric Wright Group The Eric Wright Group has always recognised the importance of supporting the local community and using our business activities to improve people’s lives. Working with Recycling Lives gives us an opportunity to continue to make a real difference and achieve more through working together. Read moreRead less
Martin Chown Supply Chain Director Sellafield Limited We are committed to ensuring our local communities derive maximum economic benefit from the money we spend at Sellafield, by insisting companies that win work with us to invest to support local growth. Recycling Lives has these values at its core and I’m excited by their plans. The contract win also allowed for the creation of a number of jobs in Cumbria as we work to open a new site in the county, creating jobs for yard operatives, drivers and site managers. Read moreRead less

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