Cardboard is a corrugated paper product primarily used for boxes and packaging.



According to studies by the Scottish energy company SSE, corrugated paper represents about 11% of all residual material produced by a hospital, 14% of all residual material generated by a retirement residence, and 4% of all the residual material generated by a local community service centre. Generated by stores and food services, cardboard is easy to recover and has a high potential for reuse.

Implementing a system of corrugated paper recovery in a health care facility can be challenging due to lack of space for collection or insufficient quantity (5 tonnes/month of corrugated paper is required to make the investment in a paper board press cost effective).

SELF-ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS AND BEST PRACTICES [accordion clicktoclose="true"] [accordion-item title="What quantities do you produce by department?"]
  • Quantities by department?
  • Do you know the generated quantities per year?
Example: CISSS of Laval SSE made a characterisation of residual materials in several facilities of the CISSS of Laval between 2009 and 2011. - At la Cite de la Sante, generated quantities of paperboard are 87, 5 tonnes, which means 11% of all residual material generated by the activities of the hospital. Paperboard is mainly generated at the store and at food services. - At the residential centre Rose de Lima, annual quantities generated are 19 tonnes. Paper board is mainly generated by the store and food services. - At the CARL, annual generated quantities of paperboard are 3 tonnes. At the CLSC des Milles-Iles, annual generated quantities of paperboard are 1 tonne. [/accordion-item] [accordion-item title="How do you currently recover/treat it?"]
  • Do you know if you currently recover (reuse, recycle) this material?
  • In what containers do you store this material?
  • How many containers do you have?
  • Where are they on the health care facility?
  • What do you do when containers are full?
  • Are the containers freely provided by your supplier?
Example: CISSS of Laval The Cite de la Sante at Laval has a paper board press which allows them to make board bales. That the facility then sells to his service supplier (the prices varies: for example, in April 2014, they had 784$ for about 10 tonnes of bales board). The hospital annually receives some royalties instead of paying to make its paper board recycled. At the the CH Rose-de-Lima, paper board boxes are opened and stocked inside the facility of dedicated space on one of the unloading dock. Paper board is then directly collected once a week there by the service supplier. In the other facilities of the CISSS of Laval, board boxes are bolded and put: - CH Sainte-Dorothee et CH Idola Saint-Jean: in 10 verges containers (the rent for each is 25$/month); - CARL: in 2 bins on 600 litres wheels (the rent for each is 5$/month); - CH de la Piniere, CH Fernand-Larocque, CLSC des milles-iles: in a bin of 1 100 litres wheels, ( the rent for each is 5$/month). These bins and containers are collected once a week. [/accordion-item] [accordion-item title="With which company do you deal?"]
  • Do you know what supplier currently collect this material?
  • Did you sign a contract with this supplier?
  • Do you know the terms of the contract?
  • Are there some costs implied by the contract?
  • Have you ever done some unexpected visits to your supplier?
Example: CISSS of Laval It is the company Cascades who won the call for tenders launched by the CSSS of Laval at the end of 2014. They signed a contract with the supplier. The paper board collection is free at the Cite de la Sante and at the CARL, whereas it costs 15$ per trip in other sites of the CSSS. Paper board put in bales at the Cite de la Sante generates some royalties based on the priceof the New York trading market price. They haven’t done expected visits for the moment. [/accordion-item] [accordion-item title="What about the future of the material?"]
  • Do you know where is the material sent after leaving your health care facility?
  • Do you demand an annual balance to know a about the precise future of the material (traceability)?
  • Have you made a procedure to ensure standardization and continuity of the collection system that you have implemented?
Example: CISSS of Laval The collected paper board is sent by Cascades to Cascades emballages (packaging) who makes new board boxes with the collected paper board. Cascades provides an annual report on request. [/accordion-item] [/accordion]