What to do when your city doesn’t recycle cartons?
We get a lot of questions about how to recycle cartons in areas that don’t yet have a curbside or dropoff program.
First, let’s take a walk down the carton recycling journey. When the Carton Council was formed in 2009, carton recycling was only accessible to 18% of households but last year that number reached 62.1% in the US. This growth is thanks in large part to support and engagement from community members like you. While carton recycling programs continue to grow everyday, curbside and drop-off options are unfortunately not yet available everywhere.
However, there are still ways for you to support carton recycling!
Here’s what you can do:
1. MAIL YOUR CARTONS
While your residential area might not have carton recycling yet, our network of recyclers can recycle them for you! All you have to do is mail them in to 1 of our 3 facilities. Whether it’s two or twenty, send them in when it’s most convenient for you. Here’s how to mail them:
1. Make sure your cartons are: empty, dry, and keep straws in and caps on, if that applies.
2. Address your cartons to the facility closest to you, and include proper postage. Write “CARTONS” on the front of your package.
645 W 53rd Place
Denver, CO 80216
10330 “I” Street; Suite 100
Omaha, NE 68127
1958 Diamond Hill Road
Chesapeake, VA 23324
2. REQUEST CARTON RECYCLING
Help bring carton recycling to your community by signing the petition. We’ll take your message of support, along with thousands of others, to help us achieve our vision of a truly nationwide carton recycling program. And of course, when carton recycling comes to your area, we’ll be sure to let you know. In 2017, we brought carton recycling to cities like Grand Rapids, Michigan; Newport News, Virginia; and Pasadena, California among others. We can’t wait to announce how many more cities will have access at the end of 2018.
The Carton Council is working to improve carton recycling availability through city and community partnerships and we hope to include your community soon. For any other questions and ideas of how to support your community in carton recycling make sure to join our Carton Recycling Champions Facebook group.