What to do with cartons?
You may know to recycle common household materials such as glass, aluminum cans, paper and plastic, but do you know what to do with cartons?
Cartons are type of packaging for food and beverage products you can purchase at the store. They are easy to recognize, but they are causing some confusion among consumers when it comes to proper disposal.
Are Cartons Recyclable?
Yes! Cartons are mostly composed of extremely valuable paper fiber, along with thin layers of polyethylene (plastic) and, in some cases, aluminum.
Where Can I Recycle My Cartons?
Carton recycling depends on the haulers in your community. In Apple Valley, Burnsville, Eagan, and Lakeville all haulers accept cartons in the curbside recycling bins. To learn if other communities accept cartons for recycling, please visit www.RecycleCartons.com.
When is Composting Better Than Recycling?
As more and more people turn to composting as a way to reduce their environmental impact, we are faced with a dilemma: is composting always better when it comes to paper? You may have heard that paper can only be recycled between five and seven times so it's easy to assume composting is a good alternative to recycling when the fibers are getting shorter. However, it's a little more complicated than that. By keeping paper out of the recycling bin, we are increasing the demand on trees, water and energy required to make virgin paper. So, to help break it down we have put together a list of the most confusing paper items to tell you whether composting or recycling is a better alternative.
Office paper should always go in the recycling bin if clean. This paper is a high grade paper that would become a better resource if recycled versus composted. By recycling this paper, we are reducing the amount of natural resources used while getting a new paper resource that requires less energy to make. The exception to this is if the paper has become soiled or wet for any reason. In this case, composting would be a better alternative.