Carton recycling access hits 40 percent

Carton recycling access hits 40 percent

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Thanks in part to the efforts of the Carton Council, a manufacturing trade group, access to carton recycling in the U.S. has increased to 40 percent of all residents.

According to the group, more than 47.9 million households in the U.S. now have recycling access for shelf-stable and refrigerated cartons, an increase of 128 percent since 2009.

"We know from experience that residents respond more favorably to recycling when they are given opportunities to include more materials," said Dale Gubbels, CEO of Firstar Fiber, the materials recovery facility (MRF) that handles residential recycling processing for the City of Omaha, Nebraska in a press release announcing the benchmark. "With the Carton Council's assistance, we were able to secure guaranteed market outlets for cartons, which in turn helped us convince the City of Omaha to allow the inclusion of cartons in the recycling program."

According to the Carton Council, more than 63 percent of programs and facilities surveyed noted the primary reason for adding cartons to their recycling stream was to divert more materials from the waste stream and increase tonnage. Further, 94 percent of those surveyed said they would recommend carton recycling to another community.

The group also provided a list of the 10 largest cities to add cartons to their recycling programs since 2009 (in alphabetical order): Charlotte, North Carolina; Columbus, Ohio; Dallas; Denver; Jacksonville, Florida; Los Angeles; Minneapolis; Philadelphia; San Diego; and San Antonio, Texas.

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