Why are beverage/food cartons accepted?

Cartons come in two major packaging types: shelf-stable (or aseptic like a soup broth container) and refrigerated (gable-top like a milk carton). All cartons are made mostly of paper but gable-top cartons have additional plastic layers and shelf-stable cartons contain additional layers of plastic and aluminum. Both broth, juice, milk and other similarily shaped carts are accepted for recycling. You don't need to compress the container, but please pour out all the liquid and remove lids/ straws. The Carton Council was formed in 2009 by businesses who use cartons with the goal of increasing carton recycling. The Council was able to increase local collection programs by helping to develop markets for these materials. It's important to note, ice cream and egg cartons are not accepted.

Learn more about the carton recycling process from the Carton Council.  

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1. What's accepted for recycling?
2. What's not accepted for recycling?
3. Why can't I bag my recyclables?
4. Why is it important to flatten cardboard boxes before placing them in my container?
5. How do I recycle in my community?
6. I live in an apartment, condo or other multi-family housing unit and don't have curbside. Where can I recycle?
7. What happens during the recycling process?
8. How does a recycling facility work?
9. What's our county's recycling rate?
10. Why is recycling important?
11. I recycle everything, even if I'm not sure if it's accepted. Is this okay?
12. How do I recycle items not accepted?
13. What do I do with my yard waste?
14. How do I recycle plastic bags?
15. Is there anywhere I can recycle #5 plastics?
16. What does a recycling symbol on a product mean?
17. What do the numbers of plastics mean?
18. Why aren't napkins, paper towels, or tissues accepted for recycling?
19. Why isn't Styrofoam accepted?
20. What do I do with prescription drugs?
21. When are pizza boxes not accepted?
22. How can I report illegal dumping and littering?
23. Why are aluminum and steel cans accepted but other metals aren't?
24. Why are beverage/food cartons accepted?
25. What's made from recycled plastic bottles?
26. What's made from recycled aluminum cans?
27. What's made from recycled glass?
28. What's made from recycled cartons?
29. I've heard of a circular economy, but what exactly does that mean?
30. I want to reduce and reuse! What should I do?
31. Why are recycling and landfill bins sometimes emptied into the same container?
32. Why are recyclables not sorted out at the landfill?