California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) 

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Overview recovers truckloads of quality used and new boxes from businesses that might otherwise throw them away. New misprints, overruns, and customer returns are reclaimed from box manufacturers that no longer have a use for them. Every box undergoes a rigorous inspection and certification process before being resold at a deeply discounted price.


The concept behind was realized in 2002 by technology executive-turned-entrepreneur, Marty Metro. Marty originally established a small chain of retail stores that sold used boxes from residences and small businesses in order to provide an environmentally friendly, low-cost alternative. Over time, Marty saw the opportunity to refine this business model and expand the company's operations to a nationwide market. To make that vision a reality, Marty teamed up with Funk Venture Acceleration Partners who assisted in evaluating and restructuring the proposal, as well as contributing financial and technological support for the expansion.

Operations takes a hi-tech approach to a traditionally low-tech industry by using technology to penetrate new markets, effectively match supply with demand, and efficiently run operations. This virtually waste-free company helps its suppliers and customers adopt environmentally sound business practices while subsequently decreasing procurement and disposal costs.

Materials Accepted Source of Materials Collection Services Geographic
Service Area accepts new and used cardboard boxes, flattened and stacked on pallets. Suppliers can bring them to our regional distribution centers (please call first to arrange a drop-off) or they can call to schedule a pickup in any of the areas serviced.
  • Businesses that manufacture corrugated boxes and have misprints, overruns, customer returns or obsolete boxes that would otherwise be discarded or recycled.
  • Businesses that gently unpack quality cardboard boxes that would otherwise be discarded or recycled. offers a corrugated box rescue service. Please visit or call 1-888-BOXES-88 to find out if the company is currently servicing your area. Currently servicing the Southwest U.S. and Northeast U.S., will be serving the entire U.S. by the end of 2007

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Last updated: May 23, 2014
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