How do I bundle cardboard boxes most efficiently?
February 27, 2011 6:55 PM Subscribe
What's the trick to flattening cardboard boxes of varying sizes/thicknesses and bundling them together with twine? I handle the recycling for my building, and I can't figure out how to manage the boxes most efficiently.
posted by unknowncommand to Grab Bag (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
It can be anywhere from 5-25 boxes at a time, ranging from microwave-size to bedframe-size. I don't have a lot of space to break them down, so I can't ever seem to get them of uniform size/shape/flatness because the corrugation doesn't match up. I also can't seem to get the twine tight enough, so the boxes constantly feel like they're about to slip out of the bundle (and often do).
FWIW, I'm currently doing it "present-wrapping style": wrapping the twine horizontally around the boxes and tying half a knot, then awkwardly trying to slip the twine under/over the boxes and wrapping vertically, then tying a full knot. If I do this twice-over or thrice-over, the bundle is a little more compact/stable but takes much longer. Any suggestions on how to do this better would be much appreciated!