How to Recycle Milk & Juice Cartons
Cartons like those used for milk, juice, soy or grain milk and soup are recyclable. Curbside programs continue to increase their carton recycling rate throughout the U.S., and there are drop-off and mail-in options available as well. Despite the type, refrigerated or shelf stable, cartons are a valuable source of material to make products like tissue, paper towel, and even building materials.
But that is not all. Cartons are made mainly from paper, a renewable resource. Unlike finite resources that will be gone once they’re depleted, renewable resources are there forever, if well managed.
Frequent Carton Recycling Questions
Though all are primarily made from paper, not all cartons are built alike.
Refrigerated cartons (sometimes referred to has “gable-top”) like the kinds used to house your milk, egg substitutes and orange juice in the chilly part of the grocery store contain additional layers of plastic for proper preservation.
Cartons in the cabinet are referred to as “shelf-stable” or “aseptic”, and in order to preserve non-refrigerated products like soup and broth, wine, soy milk and the like, they contain additional layers of plastic and aluminum.