10 Things in Your Fridge You Can Reuse or Recycle

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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.

Milk Cartons

Cartons

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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.

Mary Mazzoni

Mary Mazzoni

Based in the Phoenix metro area, Mary is a lifelong vegetarian and enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, biking and relaxing in the park. When she’s not outside, she’s probably watching baseball. She is a former assistant editor for Earth911.

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  • Kyle

    Good post. Two things though:
    1. it is riddled with typos. 2. It only stresses reuse in situations where curbside isn’t available-the waste hierarchy is still pretty legit.

  • perkins

    I give my plastic bags to my local library. They use them for patrons who are checking out books on a rainy day.

  • perkins

    Be sure to cut each ring so that an animal can’t get trapped in it. Even the little itty bitty hole can be dangerous to a little bird’s foot. Just because you put it in the recycle bin doesn’t mean that it may get blown out or something, So, be sure to cut every circle there is on the