As a manufacturer of wholesale boxes in Vancouver, the team members at Racer Boxes is all about recycling. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of using wholesale cardboard boxes for shipping is that businesses can save money while still operating a modern, healthy, and environmentally sound business. However, there are some boxes that shouldn’t be recycled. In this case, we’re talking about the ubiquitous pizza box.

Pizza boxes are made of corrugated cardboard, which is one of the most recyclable materials on the planet. As the material most often used for food delivery, however, its ability to be recycled depends on the condition of the box after the customer is done using it. In the case of pizza, the grease and leftover toppings potentially stuck to the box not only can’t be recycled, it can contaminate other cardboard and paper pulp if it slips through.

According to Stanford University, “once soiled, the paper cannot be recycled because the paper fibres will not be able to be separated from the oils during the pulping process. Food is a major source of contamination in paper recycling.” While a few crumbs won’t ruin a pizza box’s recyclability, once the grease sets in, its recycling days are done.

For those concerned about the environment, there are some ways to salvage part or even all of a pizza box. For example, if the top half isn’t greasy, it can be ripped off and recycled. Or people can compost the box instead of sending it to the landfill. The bottom line for pizza boxes, when in doubt, throw it out—just not in the recycling bin. Just one greasy box can ruin an entire batch of paper recycling.

Racer Boxes produces high-quality cardboard boxes and box printing, including wholesale food boxes for produce, deliver, bakeries, and more. Contact us today for your wholesale cardboard box service needs in the Vancouver area, and ask about our products and delivery options. Call (604) 270–8205 or email


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