Some types of packaging are recycling superstars: Things like glass bottles and aluminum cans you can practically recycle anywhere. But other containers can be trickier. For instance, who truly understands that number system on the bottom of plastic bottles? For a while, paper-based cartons have fit into that latter group; however, the common milk and OJ option is about to get a small but significant visual upgrade – the right to use the official “please recycle” logo – thanks to broad efforts to make the containers more recyclable across the US.
In an interesting recycling tidbit, according to Food Navigator, packaging can only don the official “please recycle” phrase and logo once at least 60 percent of US households can recycle the product via their local recycling program – a threshold established by the Federal Trade Commission’s green guidelines. Cartons have previously been below that threshold and instead have had to opt for the language that customers should recycle “where facilities exist” – a designation that the Carton Council of North America described as a cause of “confusion.”
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