YES! Cartons are recyclable!
Cartons are the #1 material most folks don’t realize CAN be recycled in their single-stream recycling bin. Cartons are also a great packaging choice since they use less energy.
Cartons are made from layers of paper, plastic and sometimes aluminum. At the Boulder County Recycling Center, cartons are sorted by our staffers and sent to factories in North America to become new products, including paper towels, plastic plant pots, tissues, office paper, and building products.
Cool Carton Facts:
Recycling the paper fiber in cartons results in 74% less air pollution and 35% less water pollution than producing paper from virgin fibers. The company ReWall recycles cartons into ceiling tiles, wall panels and other materials using no glue, chemicals, or water.
Each truckload of ReWall building products represents about 300,000 recycled cartons.
Cartons that contain a layer of aluminum are shelf stable, meaning the food or drink inside doesn’t need to be refrigerated, saving energy during the transport and storage of the product.