This post was sponsored by the Carton Council as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Now, more than ever, recycling has become crucial. There was a time when recycling was narrowed to cartons and papers used in our homes. Perhaps we ‘use paper’ less in this era of technology but now we have more batteries and electronics hitting the refuse. I am working alongside the Carton Council to ask you to accept a 2019 challenge! Help the Environment from products in your home right now! Let me explain the challenge.
Let me start with some carton recycling facts
- Recycled cartons become new products like napkins, tissue paper, and even building materials
- A ton of paper made from recycled fibers instead of virgin fibers conserves 7,000 gallons of water, 17-31 trees, 4,000 KWh of electricity, and 60 pounds of air pollutants (Wow!)
- The average American generates more than four pounds of trash a day (that’s enough to fill the Cardinals’ Busch Stadium from top to bottom, twice a day)
- 75% of our waste stream is recyclable (we really need to lower this number)
Motivated to do a better? Here is the challenge.
- Step 1: Check if carton recycling is available in your area, you can use the zip code locator at recyclecartons.com, or check with your local facility
- Step 2: Take the Carton Council Pledge HERE!
- Step 3: Gather the family and explain your new carton bin and the need to start saving these cartons for the recycling pick up
- Step 4: Set up your Carton Recycle Bin. You do not have to flatten or rinse your shelf or refrigerated cartons. Just make sure they are empty of food and liquid is all. If it has a recycle logo on the carton, toss it in the bin.
- Step 5: Know your recycle day! Bring your bin to the curb this day for pick up
Know what to recycle
The cartons you would typically recycle are packages from soups, broths, milk, juice, coconut & other waters. Other cartons used for packaging could be found with certain wines, creamers, beans to name a few. You would simply put these cartons in your recycling bin with your pickups.
What happens to your cartons when they are recycled?
I recently shared an article titled, What Happens To Your Carton Recyclables Once They Leave Your Home? Check it out!
When should you start?
Pick a day then it officially becomes a goal! America Recycles Day is November 15th and this is a great day to share the above article (it includes a fun video the kids will enjoy and learn from).
Be sure to visit The Carton Council as I mention earlier because they even offer great ideas for making recycling fun and learn more about how to recycle from your home, school and community!