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In our digitally connected world, we go through many corrugated boxes—just Amazon alone ships millions of packages to customers worldwide. Do you have empty cardboard boxes sitting unused in your house somewhere? Yeah, me too! You are probably wondering what to do with them. You could toss them in the recycling bin and hope they get recycled. But, with contamination issues in single-stream recycling, how do you know if they are really getting recycled? Single-stream recycling is the most widespread recycling platform in the USA. For consumers who use it, here is how it works. Consumers are given two bins from their waste management vendor. The vendor drops off one bin for trash and one bin for recycling. All recyclable materials are tossed into the recycling bin. The waste management company picks up the bin and transports the materials. They deliver the materials to a warehouse. In the warehouse, the materials are sorted for recycling. Any materials contaminated with food particles, liquids, or other contaminants are sent to a landfill. This is where contamination becomes an issue. Many consumers do not adequately clean and dry the materials before putting them in the recycling bin. When this happens, any contaminated materials end up in a landfill. When it comes to contamination issues, you could always throw these materials in the trash. But do you really want to do that? Corrugated cardboard that ends up in the landfill takes up a lot of space. It produces tons of methane, one of the most destructive greenhouse gasses known today. Wouldn't it be cool if there was something else that you could do with all those empty boxes? Something besides just throwing them away? What if there was a way to reuse the boxes? There may be another way to recycle them with the assurance that they will be recycled. What if you could turn all those boxes into something useful or even a work of art? Are there ways to put these empty containers to better use? Well, the short answer is YES! From charitable causes like Give Back Box to artisanal expressions of high art and pop culture, there are many different things you can do to reuse and recycle all those empty cardboard boxes. With over sixty-five years in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging is no stranger to corrugated boxes. We know the complications in recycling that come with this type of packaging. But we also have some extraordinary ways for you to repurpose those boxes. We also know about the various sustainable alternatives to corrugated boxes. These can help make your packaging more environmentally friendly. In this article, we will explore some of the charitable and creative ways that you can reduce, reuse, and recycle corrugated boxes. Additionally, we explore some of the sustainable alternatives to cardboard boxes.