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CARDBOARD BOX HEADING TO
SOMEONE’S HOME. EXPLAINS HOW THAT IS CHANGING
THE COMPLEXION OF THE COUNTRY’S RECYCLING.
>>Reporter: THESE DAYS ANYTHING YOU COULD POSSIBLY WANT CAN BE
BOXED UP AND SHIPPED TO YOUR DOOR.
BUT WHAT HAPPENS TO ALL OF THAT PACKAGING AFTER YOU CART IT TO
THE CURB? IN SAN FRANCISCO IT WINDS UP
HERE AT RECOLOGY, A 200,000 SQUARE FOOT RECYCLING PLANT T(c
COLLECTS ABOUT 100 TONS OF CARDBOARD EACH YEAR.
>>WE HAVE IN SAN FRANCISCO AN ALL-OUT EFFORT TO GET EVERYTHING
RECYCLED. >>Reporter: NOW THE IMPACT OF
OUR ONLINE SHOPPING HAS A COLOR.>>WE’RE STANDING HERE SIX,
SEVEN YEARS AGO, YOU WOULD SEE A LOT MORE GRAY, YOU WOULD SEE A
LOT MORE NEWS PRINT AND MAGAZINES.
TODAY YOU SEE A LOT OF CARDBOARD, A LOT OF BROWN.
PEOPLE ARE ORDERING A LOT MORE THINGS ONLINE AND THEY ARRIVE IN
SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED CARDBOARD BOXES.
SO YOU CAN SEE IT RIGHT HERE. >>Reporter: LAST YEAR ONLINE
SALES EXPLODED BY NEARLY 25%, LED BY AMAZON, RESPONSIBLE FOR
NEARLY HALF OF ALL ONLINE RETAIL.
JESSICA JELLEN LOVES HER MEAL KIT DELIVERY SERVICE BUT WORRIES
ABOUT THE PACKAGING. >>I ENJOY “BLUE APP RON” IT IS
GREAT. BUT AS IT GROWS IN POPULARITY, I
THINK SMART PEOPLE WHO LIKE TO USE IT WILL DEMAND A LITTLE
BETTER ENVIRONMENTAL PACKAGING. >>Reporter: IT IS NOT JUST THE
BOXES THAT ARE PILING UP BUT ALL OF THE PLASTIC AND PADDING THAT
USUALLY COME WITH THEM. >>WE WOULD ASK THE COMPANY, THE
MAIL ORDER COMPANIES WORK ON REDUCING THEIR PACKAGING WASTE,
BUT WE’RE ALSO ASKING CONSUMERS TO BE THOUGHTFUL AND TO TELL
COMPANIES, “HEY, I DON’T WANT ALL OF THIS WASTE, I WANT TO BUY
PRODUCTS IN REDUCED PACKAGING.” >>Reporter: AMAZON SAYS IT IS
TRYING TO DO ITS PART BY SHIPPING THE ORIGINAL
MANUFACTURER’S BOX WITHOUT USING AN ADDITIONAL BOX WHEN POSSIBLE.
WHAT CAN CONSUMERS DO? BREAK DOWN YOUR BOX ELSE TO SAVE
SPACE. RECOLOGY IS UPGRADING TRUCKS AND
SORTING EQUIPMENT TO KEEP UP WITH BROWN BOX BOOM.
IT IS ONE REASON FOR A PROPOSE WILLED HIKE IN GARBAGE-
SAN FRANCISCO. >>THERE’S ANOTHER OVERNIGHT
SHIPPING. >>I SEE AMAZON WAY UP THERE.
>>Reporter: FOR EVERY ONLINE ORDER SATISFIED, THE CARDBOARD
AND THE

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