How can I reuse or recycle … lots of cardboard tubes?

I’ve had an email from Andrew Urban:

I have something that needs to be recycle and actually is recyclable but maybe companies will charge a lot to take them.

It’s a 12″ long 3″ wide non-corrugated cardboard tube. My company uses around 3,000 a week of these tubes and we need a environmentally friendly way to dispose of them.

We have considered using a wood chipper to chop them into smaller pieces and then send them to a landfill but that will only solve our waste issue not our recycling issue.

This is probably on a lot bigger scale than most of the commenters on this site usually think about but if anyone’s got any ideas at all, post a comment below and maybe Andrew and his company will be able to scale it up and save all that landfill space.

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144 Responses to “How can I reuse or recycle … lots of cardboard tubes?”


  1. James T says:

    Anyone around the preston area of lancashire need 100 or so cardboard fabric inner tubes, various sizes ranging from 5-10mm thick, 50-60″ roll length, 2-5″ diameter.

    • Fiona Miller says:

      This is a long shot!

      I realise that this thread hasn’t been in action for a while…but if any of you still need to rid yourself of a large volume of carboard tubes. I would dearly love to get my hands on them!

      It is for my final exhibition for my masters in sonic arts, I would like to make a cardboard tube surround to amplify sound.

      Many thanks

      Fiona

  2. Jo Greer says:

    Vermiculture uses a lot of cardboard and waste and turns it into useable soil for starting and growing plants. I just have a small operation and can’t keep up with the demand.

  3. dan says:

    I have cores.



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