Cardboard Is The New Gold?

David Trammel's picture

I had actually read where recycling was losing money, especially plastic so this article caught my eye.

The millions being made from cardboard theft

"Getting all your cardboard recycled may often seem like a pain, but there is big money to be made from all this so-called "beige gold". And sadly this is attracting criminals around the world. Thieves are making a fortune from stealing used cardboard that's been left out to be recycled, and selling it on. This means that legitimate recycling firms, and the city and other local authorities who take a cut from their sales, are missing out on tens of millions. "To be honest, most of us don't care who takes it away, as long as it goes," says a shopkeeper in the bustling Chamartin district of central Madrid."

lathechuck's picture

... demanding that you give them your cardboard. But, just to be safe, I anchor my cardboard boxes with old books and obsolete electronic equipment, which I'm sure thieves would be too lazy to discard, and in too much of a hurry to make me do it. ;-)

Gold and silver, on the other hand, would probably become thief magnets right about the time you decided they were going to rescue you (from a bank failure, perhaps).