FAQ about Cartons from Penn Waste

From Penn Waste:

In January, we announced that we will begin taking cartons as an acceptable recyclable item. Many households use cartons on a daily basis. Removing them from the waste stream and allowing these items to be recyclable will have a great impact on the environment.

With any new recyclable material, there may be some questions. In order to provide all of our customers with as much information as possible, we created a flyer on Frequently Asked Questions about Cartons. Topics covered include what a carton is, what are they made from and how to recycle cartons. Please keep reading for more information on carton recycling.

By now, you may already have a good idea of what a carton is. Cartons are a type of packaging for food and beverage products you can purchase at the store. They are easy to recognize and are available in two types – shelf-stable and refrigerated. Shelf-stable carton products include juice, milk, soy milk, soup or broth and wine cartons. These items are typically found on the shelves in the grocery stores. Refrigerated carton products include milk, juice, cream and egg substitutes. These items are typically found in the chilled sections of grocery stores.

So now that you know what a carton is, you may be wondering what cartons are made from. Cartons mainly contain paper in the form of paperboard and thin layers of polyethylene (a type of plastic) and/or aluminum. Shelf-stable cartons contain about 74% paper, 22% polyethylene and 4% aluminum. Refrigerated cartons contain about 80% paper and 20% polyethylene.

Recycling your cartons is easy to do. Simply place your empty carton in your recycle bin with all of your other recyclable items. Here are some more tips to recycle cartons:

  • Make sure your carton is empty
  • Rinse out your carton to remove any odors
  • Remove any caps and straws

Want to learn more about carton recycling? Please be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions piece here. We have also updated our Recycling Guidelines to include cartons. You may also want to visit the carton council’s websitefor more information on carton recycling.

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