Cardboard recycling

Cardboard (and paper) is one of the easiest things to recycle. When recycled properly your paper and cardboard waste is turned into new paper and cardboard products such as packaging, industrial paper, tissues, newspapers, insulation, kitty litter and moulded cartons for eggs and fruit.

But it can be confusing. Pizza boxes? What if there’s a lot of grease on them? And glossy takeaway cardboard containers? We’re glad you asked…

Cardboard that can go into your paper recycling bin:

  • Cardboard boxes
  • Egg cartons
  • Pizza boxes (with food scraps removed)
  • Packaging (glossy or matte)

Cardboard that can’t:

  • Waxed cardboard (generally packaging for bulk fruit and vegetables) 
  • Coffee cups 
  • Heavily greased or dirty takeaway containers
  • Any cardboard that has been lined with plastic, foil or polystyrene

Click here for the definitive list of types of paper that can go in your paper and cardboard recycling bin.

Other recycling services


Reduce the number of virgin trees being felled to create new products.


Soft plastic recycling (LDPE)

Wanless assists businesses of all sizes to sort and recycle their soft flexible plastics with collections available.



Different types of glass have different melting temperatures, which means they can’t all be recycled.


Our vision goes deeper than recycling

A staggering 9 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans each year, and land-based waste is the greatest polluter. This ocean debris affects about 700 marine species, some of which are now endangered.

To help turn the tide on plastic pollution, Wanless eco(logical) is investing in US’s oceans.