Are milk cartons recyclable? Around Town, posted by WilliamR, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Jul 25, 2009 at 6:42 pm
Earlier this year, the Recycling Drop-Off Center stopped accepting milk cartons, but there was a notice that the new GreenWaste service would take them this summer. I can't find anything on their web site or the detailed PDF list of items one way or the other. Does anyone know for sure?
Posted by Trying to recycle more, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jul 26, 2009 at 10:03 am
I've tried to find answers about which items are now recyclable with the new company. The last time I checked the website, it was not at all helpful. For example,I wanted to find out about some items, like large plastic kids toys. I thought, from reading the introductory pamphlet sent out to us, that they were now accepted (they were subsequently left on the curb by the garbage company). THe next time, I had some other items that I put in the bin, but, although they took the bin, they left a note telling me why the could not take it. The note didn't specify whether they were refering to my garbage, compost, or recycle bin. It did, however, refer to contaminants. I have no idea what they were taking about, as they took all bins and as far as I know, I didn't put any contaminants in any of them. I need a detailed list or it's going to be trial and error and a big hassle for as long as I have the patience and motivation to keep trying.
Posted by William Croft, a resident of Menlo Park, on Jul 27, 2009 at 8:09 pm
I asked the Menlo Park / San Mateo County recycling company this question last year. They said no, plastic coated paper milk cartons are neither paper nor plastic. Hence unrecyclable. My guess is that they should be banned since they take up so much landfill space. Most people do not flatten and crush them. (I flatten the paper cartons, but prefer now the HDPE plastic half or full gallon size.)