Recycling’s ‘Amazon effect’: Boulder County waste companies awash in cardboard, but market recovers for some materials

According to the latest virtual pandemic-related humor, Americans who are staying home because of COVID-19 are buying so many items online that when a household doesn’t receive a package for a couple days, a UPS driver will knock on the door to make sure the occupants are OK.

Those home-delivered items generally come in cardboard boxes, which then usually get placed in bins that are picked up and delivered to area recyclers. As a result, those recyclers now find themselves buried in cardboard.

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