Americans produce more than 76 million tons of packaging waste every year, and food packaging is a big part of that. Recycling packaging picks like plastic bottles, glass jars and aluminum cans is pretty straightforward, but what about other, more mystifying materials? To help you keep household trash cans empty, check out this list of 10 items from your fridge you should reuse or recycle every time.
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Cartons are used package some of our favorite culinary picks like juice, milk, soy milk and soup and are available in two types – shelf-stable (or aseptic) and refrigerated (gable-top). Both varieties of cartons are recyclable, and curbside recycling options are expanding by the day. According to the Carton Council, curbside recycling for cartons has increased 128 percent in the last three years – meaning more than 40 percent of U.S. households can now recycle them.
Once recycled, cartons are turned into everyday products like paper towels, tissue paper and napkins. To find your best local recycling option for cartons, check out Earth911’s recycling guides or head to www.recyclecartons.com.