As stated above, corrugated cardboard comes from recyclable sources. Its fibers are biodegradable and 100% recyclable. Recycling not only offers a noticeable economic advantage, but also reduces the quantity of packaging material to be disposed of in dumps after its use. Out of about 22 million tons of urban solid waste yearly produced in Italy, packaging materials represent about 50% of the whole mass, 35% of it being paper and cardboard.
Only 30% of this, i.e. 2,300,000 tons, is recovered. This figure is not satisfactorily yet, but is in constant increase. The introduction of new regulations concerning the packaging field marks corrugated cardboard as the favorite material. In fact, as opposed to materials, corrugated cardboard is 100% recyclable, it degrades on its own, it does not produce any harmful smoke if burned and can be repeatedly recycled.
The technical information contained in this area comes from the monograph: “Il cartone ondulato: una scelta di economia aziendale ed ambientale” (“Corrugated cardboard: a company and environmental economy choice”) by G.I.F.C.O. (Gruppo Italiano Fabbricanti di Cartone Ondulato, Italian Group of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) and Assocarta (the association of all paper, cardboard and paper pulp producers).