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Residential Curbside pick-up
Dry, non-soiled cardboard can be recycled for curbside pick-up. Check with your city trash hauler regarding how it is preferred curbside. Some request large, flattened boxes outside the bin, while others accept cardboard directly inside the recycle bin. Please do NOT place wet cardboard in any recycle bin.

Recycling preparation: 
Please remove any bubble-wrap, styrofoam or shipping paper contained in cardboard boxes used for shipping. 

Recycling drop-offs: 
You can find local recycling centers online that will recycle cardboard. Another recycling option for cardboard is BoxGiver. To see if BoxGiver is an option in your area visit BoxGiver - Find unwanted packaging materials.

TIP: Food-soiled boxes such as oil stained pizza boxes should be thrown in your trash bin (if you cannot use it to compost). You also can cut the soiled areas off to recycle the clean portion of the cardboard. 

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