Newsflash: Yes! You CAN Recycle Your Cartons!
Did you know that you can recycle cartons just like you recycle paper, cans and plastic!
Yes, those milk and orange juice cartons in your fridge can go in your recycling bin too!
Actually, all cartons are recyclable. Whether it’s iced coffee, apple juice, chicken broth, soy milk or protein drinks; we’ve got your food and beverage cartons covered.
Nearly 60% of U.S. households currently recycle their cartons, and we are proud to be part of the solution of reducing trash and landfills.
What’s more, cartons have a recyclable layer of paperboard underneath their plastic coating and when you recycle them, you give them new life as paper products you use every day, like paper towels.
Recycling cartons is easy! Here’s all you have to do:
Step 1: EMPTY the carton. (You can rinse it out if you’re worried about odor.)
Step 2: ADD it into the recycling bin with other containers like glass, aluminum and plastic.
Step 3: CELEBRATE Because you now know just how easy it is to recycle your cartons!
How does it work? Once collected, cartons are separated from other containers and sent to a recycler. At paper mills, the carton fibers are separated from the thin layers of aluminum and/or plastic in a hydrapulper (think: giant kitchen blender). That pulp can then be used to make new paper products like tissue paper! The aluminum and plastic can be further recycled or used to generate energy at the paper mill.
We’re working to ensure that the residents we serve know that they can, and should, recycle their cartons. Help us spread the word to your friends, family and neighbors!
Sign up for recycling tips, take the pledge to always recycle cartons and learn more about carton recycling from the Carton Council on their website.
Special thanks to the Carton Council for the content of this blog. American is proud to join you spread the word about the importance of carton recycling!