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Don’t Recycle Those Cardboard Boxes: Reuse Them!

 

By Bill Sullivan

Frisco residents are accustomed to being reminded of the city’s highly successful recycling program, but “recycle” isn’t always the best way to go.

Used boxes are available from Environmental Services. (Photo: Bill Sullivan | Frisco Green Living)

Used boxes are available from Environmental Services. (Photo: Bill Sullivan | Frisco Green Living)

When possible, it’s better to “reuse.”

“Recycling uses energy,” says Jeremy Starritt, education coordinator at Environmental Services. “The less we have to recycle, the better it is.

“Reuse is obviously the first choice, the first option.”

That’s the idea behind the Cardboard Box Program. Rather than recycle boxes brought to the Convenience Center at 6616 Walnut Street, Environmental Services would prefer to re-sell the boxes, keeping them out of the recycling process, not to mention the landfill.

“It’s a popular program,” Environmental Services Manager Pippa Couvillion says. “Some people say, ‘You’re making a profit from the boxes we just put in here to recycle.’ All proceeds from the sales are used to offset citizen environmental programs.

“It’s a win-win situation.”

Boxes are sold at the Walnut Street location between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. To make sure the size you need is available, call (972) 292-5900.

For a list of box sizes and prices, click here.

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