Milk and juice cartons aren’t just an old tradition. They’re a cost efficient and easily recyclable option!
Shelf Stable cartons can be kept on a shelf in the store until you buy and open them. You’ll find juice, certain kinds of milk, soup, even wine in shelf stable cartons. These kinds of containers are, on average, 74% paper, 22% polyethylene and 4% aluminum.
Refrigerated cartons on the other hand, need to be kept in the refrigerated section at the store and at your home. They’re made from 80% paper and 20% polyethylene.
Plastic bottles like you get orange juice and milk in can take hundreds of years to decompose. Cardboard, on the other hand, can decompose in a matter of months.
Since both kinds of cartons – shelf stable and refrigerated – are primarily paper, they’re easier to recycle than plastic. There are so many kinds of plastic, it’s more difficult for recycling centers to deal with them, and it costs more.
Since paper cartons are lightweight, and efficient in the space they use, it can be considered even better for the environment since the same amount of product can be shipped in fewer trucks. That means less fuel and less greenhouse gas emissions.
Check your city for a curbside recycling program that allows you to recycle cardboard. If they don’t offer one, you may have a cardboard recycling facility near you. You can find out more information about your options at RecycleCartons.com.
Via Earth 911