Milk and Juice Cartons – Recyclable or Not?
Milk and juice cartons of the “paper” variety are often not made of just paper, but are a blend of paper, plastic, and aluminum materials. And unfortunately, these “hybrids” aren’t accepted in many single-stream city recycling programs (see City of Austin’s Single Stream FAQ)…yet they are , in fact, recyclable, and according to Earth911, the trend’s catching on: 19 percent more households have begun to recycle them since 2008.
Some cities may have private recycling facilities that do accept hybrid material cartons. For example, in Austin these types of cartons can be taken to Omni Resource Recovery to be recycled. Before piling them all in the car, though, take a look at these clever “20 Ways to Reuse Milk and Juice Cartons” from Chasing Green. They can be quite handy for lots of household projects from the garden to the kitchen!
(image via lushlee. Cartons and photographs are copyrighted by Jeremy Hatch of Ricochet Studio)