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Monday, June 4, 2018

Do You Know What To Do With Empty Cartons?


L&L QUIZ: Can Cartons Be Recycled??


As I finished a refreshing cube of coconut water I stared, perplexed, at the packaging.  A cute rectangle cube made out of what looks like a mix of paper and some sort of lining, a plastic spout, and a plastic lid. Can that be recycled??  With a feeling of guilt, I tossed the plastic lid into recyclables and the cube into the trash.  Surely a complex blend of materials like that can't be recycled...right??
A few days later, another coconut water in hand, I knew it was time to get educated.  Is it possible that the cartons that I'm buying more and more of these days can actually be recycled?? 


This post was sponsored by the Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

YES, they can!


As it turns out, cartons absolutely CAN and SHOULD be recycled. Excellent!  For most of America, more than 62% of U.S. households in over 13,370 communities, curbside carton recycling is available.  To check if carton recycling is available in your area, you can use the zip code locator at recyclecartons.com, or check with your local program. I used the zipcode tool and learned that cartons are absolutely accepted in my curbside pickup!  If yours isn't there yet, check back because the list of participating recycling centers is growing constantly.
My recycling center doesn't even ask that they be washed or rinsed out. They say to just empty the container, put the lid back on, and toss it into the recycling bin.   It couldn't be easier, which is great because I'm a huge fan of all the new carton packaging options! 



I'm a fan.

These days, I'm buying more and more products in cartons.  At first it was just for convenience - organic milk for the kids comes in quart-sized cartons that are easier for them to pour than the plastic gallons - and things like orange juice have just come that way for years.  Then I started expanding to other aisles in the supermarket, as an alternative to cans to avoid BPA for products like broth, soups, beans and tomatoes.  We always have cartons of creamer on-hand because it has such a long shelf life - perfect for dinner in a pinch. And now that I'm a coconut water addict, our carton consumption has skyrocketed!  You can even find wine in cartons. 
Food and beverage cartons are made mostly from paper with a thin layer of plastic and sometimes aluminum - they're lighter to carry, don't break when I ineveably drop a bag, and have a low carbon footprint. It makes perfect sense that they contain an average of 93% product and only 7% packaging, helping preserve our Earth’s resources. Recycled food and beverage cartons go on to become other paper products or chemical-free, environmentally friendly building materials.  Its like having your cake, and eating it too.  Mmmm, cake...


How I recycle cartons, at home and on the go!

Now that I know just how easily cartons can be recycled, it is part of my every day routine and the transition was a breeze.  Now, as a I take a shortcut and add a brick of broth to dinner, I simply empty the broth into the pot, replace the lid, and toss the carton into the bin with all our other recyclables.  
On the go, like for my coconut water dependancy, sometimes recycling bins are available and sometimes they're hard to find.  When in doubt, I tuck the empty container back into my purse or bag (because really, its so full anyhow that what's a little empty package at this point??) and bring it home with me.  Then, I can be sure that it's properly recovered and reused.

The Carton Council of North America formed in 2009 and is composed of four leading carton manufacturers, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Evergreen Packaging and Tetra Pak, as well as an associate member, Nippon Dynawave Packaging. Through a united effort, the Carton Council is committed to building a sustainable infrastructure for carton recycling nationwide with the goal of preventing cartons from ending up in landfills. Nice work! ๐Ÿ˜Š



   






29 comments:

  1. I didn't know there was an actual website for recycling cartons. Where I used to live, we just took everything to the dump or burned our trash. Now that we live in a city, they're pretty big on recycling everything that's not trash. All in all, it's better for the planet that way.

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  2. We recycle almost everything. Where we live there is a set amount of trash that gets taken for the monthly bill and anything over cost $1.50 a bag so we make sure we do whatever we can to avoid that charge.

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  4. This is good to know! I usually have tossed out the plastic lid because I thought that couldn't recycle with the carton but now I'll keep it on.

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