How to Recycle Milk and Juice Cartons

Cartons keep your chicken broth, soy milk and orange juice fresh, but their melding of multiple materials – paper coated with plastic and aluminum – has made this product packaging traditionally difficult to recycle.

But now cities across the U.S., from Los Angeles to New York, are making carton recycling more convenient for their residents by offering curbside and drop-off carton recycling programs.

There are two types of cartons; the first kind, aseptic or shelf-stable cartons, is made from paper with a thin layer of polyethylene plastic and aluminum to preserve products without refrigeration. You’ll find aseptic cartons in the non-refrigerated aisles of a supermarket to store broth, soup, soy milk and even wine....

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