Recycling Food and Beverage Containers


why recycle cartons?

With every carton you recycle, you're contributing to a more sustainable future. Every recycled item helps to preserve our planet's natural resources. When recycled, cartons can go on to be transformed into new paper products as well as eco-friendly building materials rather than end up in a landfill. 

what is recyclable?

Milk, soup, juice, wine and broth are just some of the products packaged in cartons that you’ll find in your nearby grocery store — and they're all recyclable! 


What happens to cartons after they leave your recycling bin?

Recyclying Path Graphic


With every carton you recycle, you're contributing to a more sustainable future.

  1. GIVE CARTONS NEW LIFE - Paper, aluminum and plastic recovered from recycled cartons save us from depleting our environment's precious resources and can become new products like toilet paper, tissue paper, and even building materials. A ton of paper made from recycled fibers instead of virgin fibers conserves 7,000 gallons of water, 17-31 trees, 4,000 kWh of electricity, and 60 pounds of air pollutants. Recycling your cartons provides manufacturers the raw materials they need to create eco-friendly products.

  2. REDUCE LANDFILL WASTE - Each day, the average American generates more than four pounds of trash. That adds up to more than 200 million tons of garbage each year – enough to fill the Cardinals' Busch Stadium from top to bottom, twice a day! Despite the fact that about 75% of our waste stream is recyclable, most of this trash ends up in one of more than 3,000 landfills spread across the U.S., which then releases harmful methane gas that speeds up global warming. Every time you recycle your cartons, you're taking one important step to reduce landfill waste in our world.

  3. SAVE RESOURCES - A little recycling can go a long way. When Americans recycle just 30% of all municipal waste, we save the energy equivalent of 11.9 billion gallons of gasoline. That's the greenhouse gas equivalent of taking 25 million cars off the road. Surely we can do even better than 30%, can't we?

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