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Big purchases for Cyber Monday means big boxes to recycle

Cyber Monday is already on track to break a record for online shopping purchases. That also means big packages will arrive for a lot of those.

Posted: Dec 2, 2019 7:05 PM
Updated: Dec 2, 2019 10:19 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Black Friday and Cyber Monday leads to big purchases, and big boxes.

"I see a lot of big boxes just floating around. Instead of just bringing them to recycle, they just put them in the dumpster," Sara Pitts said.

Jodi Leamon with the Allen County Department of Environmental Management said you don't want to do that.

"It's better to recycle cardboard than to put it in the landfill where it decomposes and produces methane gas. Cardboard is a highly recyclable item that can be used to make new cardboard packaging," Leamon explained.

Breaking down boxes is highly recommended for more reasons than one. Police said leaving them on your curb can make you a target of burglars.

"When it comes time to throw those boxes away, cut them up and put them in the recycle bin. It's the easiest way to keep them covered and what you have personal. If you must put it to the side, turn the box inside out so people don't know what the box is," Sgt. Sofia Rosales- Scatena with Fort Wayne Police Department said.

There are some things that come in packaging that can't be recycled like styrofoam.

If you're planning on getting rid of your boxes, the county operates 6 drop off sites you can find here.

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