Myths And Facts About Recycling Cartons
North American Precis Syndicate
Recycled food and beverage cartons can be turned into anything from paper towels to office paper to wallboard. (NAPS)
(NAPSI)—Recycling is one of the easiest ways the average person can
help the environment. Not only does recycling prevent items from ending up in
landfills, it reduces the amount of raw materials used to make new products.
Here are some myths and facts about recycling commonly used food and beverage
Myth: Cartons can’t be
Fact: Cartons are certainly
recyclable. They can be turned into new products, such as paper towels,
tissues and writing paper. They can also be turned into environmentally
friendly building materials, in a process that uses no water or chemicals.
Myth: If a package doesn’t
have a recycling logo on it, it’s not recyclable.
Fact: What can and can’t
be recycled varies by community and is primarily dependent on the recycling
facility. Cartons can carry the standard “Please Recycle” logo
under the Federal Trade Commission’s green guidelines. It’s best
to contact your community or check its website to find out what can and can’t
Myth: You have to put your
recyclables in a plastic bag and then in your recycling bin.
Fact: Plastic bags can jam up
equipment at recycling centers, slowing everything down and potentially
preventing recyclables from getting recycled. Instead, place materials
loosely in recycling bins or carts.
Myth: You have to crush cartons
and remove the caps and straws before recycling them.
Fact: Just empty any remaining
product. No crushing is required, and the caps can be left on. You may want
to stuff the straws back into the carton to make sure they don’t become
Myth: Cartons have a waxy
coating and therefore can’t be recycled.
Fact: Food and beverage cartons
don’t contain any wax. Cartons are made mainly from paper with thin
layers of plastic and, in some cases, aluminum.
Myth: Cartons have multiple
layers that prevent them from being recycled.
Fact: The multiple layers in
cartons are broken down during the recycling process. The paper is used to
make new paper products and the aluminum or plastic can be used to generate
energy or become binding. In some cases, the entire carton is used to make
Myth: Most places don’t
accept cartons for recycling.
Fact: Carton recycling is now
available for 62 percent of U.S. households—more than 72.5 million
homes—through curbside and drop-off programs. To find out where cartons
are accepted, go to www.RecycleCartons.com.
For further facts on recycling, visit the Carton Council at www.RecycleCartons.com.
“Food and beverage cartons can be
recycled into anything from paper towels to office paper to wallboard, points
out the Carton Council. http://bit.ly/2BtfsgI”
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