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Milk and Juice Cartons: A Recycling Puzzle

Despite this, the US has achieved tremendous strides in this area. In 2017, 61% of those asked reported that they recycle food and beverage cartons, up from 50% in 2015.

Here’s some information to assist you in determining how to recycle cartons.

Also Read: Recycling Waste Management System

What Does a Milk / Juice Carton Contain?

Cartons are a sort of food and beverage packaging that are easy to distinguish and come in two varieties: shelf-stable (or aseptic) and refrigerated (gable-top).

  • Shelf-stable cartons, as the name implies, can be placed on store shelves and are mostly used for room-temperature juice, milk, soy milk, soup, broth, and wine.
  • Refrigerated cartons contain items such as milk, juice, cream, and egg replacements and can be purchased in the refrigerated area of supermarkets.

Cartons consume fewer natural resources to transport due to their efficient product-to-packaging ratio. A product sold in a shelf stable carton contains 94% product and 6% packaging on average. 

Refrigerated cartons don’t use aluminium and instead use an 80/20 paper/plastic combination to keep the liquid within. 

Manufacturers of Responsible Carton

Starting in the shopping aisle, anyone can make a difference in recycling. Before you buy a carton, take a look at who made it. Look for businesses like Tetra Pak, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, and Evergreen Packaging that have joined the Carton Council’s recycling project. 

Is It Necessary for Me to Recycle Cartons?

Recycling your cartons is a terrific way to keep waste out of landfills, but you can start contributing to the environment even before you go shopping. By picking a sustainable product package in the first place, you will save energy.

Cartons are highly attractive for remanufacturing into new items due to the high quality of the materials utilised.  Separating those components during the recycling process is a challenge.

What Should I Know About Cartons That Have Been Recycled?

  • For recycling guidelines in your neighbourhood, always check with your local recycling or garbage disposal service. 
  • Remove any caps, straws, or other fancy accessories that may have arrived with your box. Rinsing isn’t essential for recycling, but it helps guarantee that the container is empty and reduces the risk of odour or bug infestation in the recyclables.
  • Flattening your boxes isn’t necessary, and it can actually slow down the recycling process.
  • Keep it out if you’re unsure. This rule of thumb applies to all recycling methods. Keep stuff you’re not sure about out of your recycle to avoid contaminating your local recycling stream.

Plastic that is better Plastic that is better

We make sure to use better options whenever we use plastic, such as recycled and recyclable plastics. So far, we believe that roughly half of our plastic packaging is reusable, recyclable, or compostable.

By purchasing post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, we are keeping plastics in the system and out of the environment. We’re increasing the amount of recycled plastic we use, and PCR now accounts for about 11% of our plastic footprint. This puts us on schedule to meet our goal of 25% by 2025.

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