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Carton recycling activity up

The Carton Council of North America, a group of carton manufacturers united to divert valuable cartons from the landfill, has reached a new milestone: 45 states now have active carton recycling programs.

Carton recycling was recently added to a residential recycling program in Alabama, making it the 45th state with a carton recycling program. In the remaining five states currently without carton recycling – progress is under way. In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Millennium Recycling recently began carton recycling and is spreading the word to their customers.

Cartons are increasingly being used as a packaging solution for a variety of liquids and foods and therefore are making up a greater portion of the recycling stream. As a result, cartons are no longer an optional material to include in recycling programs, and recycling facility managers and community program officials are integrating them into the recycling supply chain, where they have been proven as a high-value material.