Milk and Juice Cartons – Recyclable or Not?

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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)

Written by jmalsky

January 3, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Posted in Good Ideas

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  1. How will you guys sell milk? Will we be able to bring reusable glass bottles to fill up?

    Paula Jakobs

    January 3, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    • Hi Paula,

      Yes! We will sell milk and dairy products, and yes, you will definitely be able to refill your glass bottles. Just make sure (and this goes for any container that you bring) that your bottles are clean and sanitized, for health and safety purposes. Thanks for asking!


      Jessica Malsky
      in.gredients team


      January 4, 2012 at 11:52 am

  2. Nice piece – cartons are recyclable, and they will be accepted in Austin sometime during 2012. The Carton Council is a group of carton manufacturers working to increase access to carton recycling across the US. We have been working with recycling facilities to ensure they can accept cartons, and providing an outlet for the collected cartons. Austin is on the 2012 list of cities to come online. I don’t have an exact date of when this will happen, but if you visit our site, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to get the most up to date information. thanks!!

    Anna Collinson

    January 4, 2012 at 1:33 pm

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