A friend of mine likes to say the only thing wrong with recycling rates is the numerator and the denominator. I was reminded of this when I read about a study suggesting the 91.4 percent recycling rate for cardboard boxes, also known as old corrugated containers (OCC), is too high.
Speaking at the recent Resource Recycling Conference, Myles Cohen and Ryan Fox took a thorough look at that claim. They concluded that 69 percent is a more accurate box recycling rate. Why?