Ever since September, when my son started taking juice boxes to school, he’s been bringing them home. We’ve had a running argument that he should just throw them out, because they can’t be recycled and they were dripping on his papers. Then one day my friend in Portland, Oregon mentioned that juice boxes can be put in her commingled recycling. I wrote to the recycling coordinator for my DPW and it turns out we recycle juice boxes too! Who knew? Luckily the recycling coordinator knew! For the record, they are not mentioned on our recycling flier that we receive each year.
If you’re wondering if juice boxes can be recycled in your community, you could ask your Department of Public Works, or you can check Earth911.com – this link is to my local area, update it with your zip code for your information. You need to search on “drink boxes” not “juice containers” as that refers to the milk and juice larger containers that are recycled differently.
If you cannot recycle them, people have started coming up with ideas for reusing including making ipod and iphone cases and container gardening.
I also stumbled upon an interesting article on enotes.com about how juice boxes are made and their history.
My new goal is to get the word out through the schools that juice boxes are recyclable in our town. Think about how much less waste would be produced from by our schools if they added recycling juice boxes to the list of things they do!