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Are milk cartons recyclable?

Original post made by WilliamR, Fairmeadow, on Jul 25, 2009

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?

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Posted by Trying to recycle more
a resident of Midtown
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.

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Posted by Sarah
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm

I advise calling them with your questions. Their phone number is on your utility bill. If a few people call with similar questions, they will probably publish the answers on their web site.

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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.)

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jul 29, 2009 at 10:46 am

If they aren't recyclable, why did were we previously able to recycle them at the PA Baylands recycling center?
I like the taste of milk in the paper cartons and hate the taste in plastic bottles...

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Posted by Dr. McGlew
a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm

TO Whom It May Concern,
Up until the last few months, our garbage disposal plant was placing cardboard milk containers in the recycables. Now they are being placed with garbage. Why?
The best,

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