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Carton Council receives award from State of Texas Alliance for Recycling

The Carton Council of North America, a group of carton manufacturers united to deliver long term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons from the landfill, has been awarded the 2013 Outstanding Recycling Partnership Award by the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR).

Since forming in 2009, the Carton Council has helped expand carton recycling access in Texas from 0 to 22 percent, which includes nearly 2 million households. In order to drive this expansion, the Carton Council collaborated with recovery facilities, communities and recycling organizations to ensure cartons were included in recycling programs and consumers were properly educated about carton recycling.

“The Carton Council embodies the STAR mission to move the needle of recycling rates in Texas with that necessary balance of economic and environmental principles for the benefit of their communities and Texas at large,” said STAR executive director Maia Corbitt.

Adding carton recycling to communities is a cost-effective way to make curbside recycling programs more convenient for residents. Carton recycling access across the U.S. has reached the 46 percent mark, indicating that communities are recognizing the value of including cartons in their recycling programs.

This is the second statewide award the Carton Council has received in 2013: the California Product Stewardship Council recognized the Carton Council with its Bow and Arrow Award for Coalition Building in August. The Carton Council currently has a campaign designed to help counties, municipalities and recyclers in Texas, as well as the rest of the country, bring carton recycling to their residents.