Resilient Recycler: Don’t be Fooled! Wet-packaging is Not Recyclable
Milk, juice and soup cartons are one thing because there are special programs for recycling these types of cartons. But don't be fooled! Fridge and frozen food boxes are NOT recyclable.
It may upset you to find out that all of those microwavable-dinner boxes are not recyclable. No, not even that box of butter sticks. No, not even that 6-pack beer case. While this glossy material may look similar to cartons or cardboard, it's not just a plastic or wax coating. This material is called wet-strength paperboard and contains chemicals that help preserve food and endure the fridge or freezer without becoming soggy, but these chemicals make the material non-recyclable.
Most packaging that is used in the fridge or freezer has this wet-strength material and cannot be recycled. Be sure to recycle your cartons, but throw away glossy fridge and frozen food boxes and bags. Some people may choose to avoid these materials by buying fresh produce or food packaged in cans, bottles, or cartons that can be recycled.Not sure if something is recyclable? Use our online Recycling A-Z directory to find out, and download the free RecycleRight App for your smart phone or tablet!