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Carton Recycling Is Now Mainstream!

Recycling Friends,

It’s time to celebrate! The Carton Council of North America is proud to announce that carton recycling has reached a major milestone and is now officially considered a mainstream recycling material! We want to thank you for your help and support of recycling. Today, 60 percent of U.S. households have access to carton recycling through their local recycling programs.

According to the Federal Trade Commission green guidelines, this means that food and beverage cartons can carry the standard "Please Recycle" logo. This logo will start appearing on carton packages in the months ahead further encouraging residents to recycle them. If your community already accepts cartons, make sure your residents know. And if you’re not yet on board, now is the perfect time to start accepting them. This achievement has been the result of strong public-private partnerships -- including with many of you! -- and years of hard work building an infrastructure for recycling cartons. When the Carton Council formed in 2009, only 18 percent of U.S. households could recycle cartons. Thanks to the always-growing list of recycling program coordinators, facility operators and recycling company representatives who recognize firsthand the value of carton recycling, we have been able to achieve this impressive 233 percent increase in access.

We will be hosting a webinar for local, county and state recycling coordinators and directors and interested State Recycling Organizations to discuss this milestone and our plans moving forward, including a new national education campaign and ways your community can get involved. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, from 1:30-2:30 p.m. EST. To register to join, please click here. To help mark this milestone, check out our new logo and look! If you have any questions, please email Very best regards, Your friends at the Carton Council

Carton Council of North America

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