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Posted on: October 4, 2020

If your cardboard box is not flattened it may not b picked up

We need everyone's cooperation--cardboard boxes must be flattened during paper/cardboard recycling days

If your cardboard boxes are not flattened during paper recycling days it may not be picked up. 


In recent months we have been encouraging residents to comply with the town requirement to flatten boxes that are left outside during paper recycling days. Many residents have complied. Others have not.  Because of COVID-19 many people are purchasing more items via e commerce. On recycling days some residents leave numerous  large and small boxes at the curb. If boxes are not flattened our DPW staff needs to make multiple trips to pick up the boxes --a waste of dollars and time.  If everyone would flatten the boxes the crew could pick up more boxes without having to go back and forth to the highway department.  The amount of boxes that we have to pick up is overwhelming.  And, we have been cutting back on part time and full time employees.


how to flatten boxes (lots of videos and info if you google the question:

IF YOU LEAVE OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE A BOX THAT IS NOT FLATTENED THE BOX MAY NOT BE PICKED UP AND A STICKER COULD BE PLACED ON THE BOX ADVISING YOU OF THE REASONS.  THE PROCESS OF FLATTENING A BOX TAKES SECONDS. PLEASE COOPERATE.


  1. Place the box on a flat work surface. Turn it upside down so that the fixed base is facing up.
  2. Remove any tape that might be holding the box together. In some cases you may be able to simply lift the tape and...
  3. Flip open the box flaps completely outward each end.
  4. Press the box down to flatten.
  5. It can now be stored, recycled or used as required.

 


It's best practice to break your cardboard down to optimize the space in your container(s) and reduce the amount of pickups.. Follow these easy steps to properly break it down:

 

  1. Take your box and turn it upside down. Run a box cutter along the center bottom seam, slicing through the packing tape
  2. Repeat this under the two flaps on each end of the box, freeing the tape at the edges
  3. Pull all four flaps straight up, so that all edges, on either end, move freely up and down
  4. Lightly push and twist in until the box collapses on itself—flattened and ready to be stacked


 A video I found by doing a google search: how to flatten a box! 

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