Cereal Boxes


Updated on November 27, 2018



Put box in the blue recycling cart. If there is a plastic lining/bag inside the box, remove it, and collect in a plastic bag with other plastic bags and wrap, to drop off at a local grocery store (see plastic bag entry for more details).

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Buy cereal from the bulk section using a reusable bag or container instead. Paperboard boxes can be used for making packaging or as padding in envelopes.


Fibrous material is turned into pulp (paper)/pulp and pressed, to create one or more layers of paperboard, used in most cereal boxes. The fibrous materials can come from hard woods (short fibers), soft woods (long fibers), or recycled paper. Used paper is collected and sorted and usually mixed with virgin, long fibres in order to make new material. This is necessary as the recycled fibre often loses strength when reused; the added virgin fibres enhance strength.

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