This post is part of an attempt to do something like 100 recycling tips for damn near anything in something close to, anyway, 100 days. We’ll see how that goes. When the 100 Recycling Tips are all published here on Easy Ways to Go Green, we’ll do a master list so that every link exists on one single page for everyone to be able to link over to, or to use as a reference guide when questions on how to recycle different things in your life inevitably come up.
How to Recycle 100 Common Things: #22 Recycling Used Soy and Milk Containers, or Aseptic Packaging
The category of packaging known as “Aseptics” refers generally to square containers used for things like milk and soy milk. Among the category members are what’s known as “Tetra Paks” which tend to be the most commonly used.
These types of packaging containers (Aseptics) are typically made from a complex of layers that includes paper, metal and plastic, too. The industry behind aseptic packaging has spent some serious dollars to ensure that the public is aware of the benefits of recycling their products. This includes, but is not limited to, reaching out to younger children at the school level, who consume millions of milk and juice boxes in school every year. The reality, however, is that recycling these products can be costly and not altogether easy, either.
So in fact, recycling of aseptic materials and packaging such as soy milk containers is actually only offered in a few locations. Companies such as Coke maintains a list of places where the job can be done and aseptic packaging can be recycled.Unfortunately, due to these considerations, not much aseptic packaging is actually recycled currently.
Helpful Links on Recycling Soy Milk Containers and Other Aseptic Packaging:
Search by “Aseptic Packaging” or “Soy Milk Container and “Your City Name or Zip Code” at Earth 911 and find the closest recycling center near you.
Check out the Wikipedia entry for more info on Aseptic Packaging, and find info on recycling.
Information on Recycling Aseptic Packaging at Lackhead.org!
How to Recycle Aseptic Packaging on Earth 911. Learn whether or not your recycling is actually being recycled, too.
Find Info from the Carton Council about aseptic packaging and recycling.
Consumers and avid recyclers can call 1-800-888-6488 for information on recycling aseptic packaging like soy milk containers. And a link to Coca-Cola Sustainability and Recycling Info here.