Can You Recycle Waxed Paper Milk Cartons? ♻️: Always remember the importance of recycling. Be a positive impact that both the youth and experienced can get inspiration from.

Businesses, in particular, should be motivated enough to recycle their waste. They should make an effort to do so and not just chuck it down the rubbish bin. Fortunately so, more and more businesses do just that. They realis the importance of recycling for their respective business – not just financially but also environmentally.

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However, it is important to note that not every business know what can and cannot be recycled all the time. For example, they may think coated paper packaging cartons can go in the recycling bin. Even I thought of that before I started working here!

But, there is definitely a way to recycle that product dreaded by most recycling facilities. Read on to learn more.


A bit about Waster

Before we discuss how to recycle waxed or laminated paper milk cartons, let me share with you more information about Waster.

We here at Waster provide you with innovative solutions for you and your business’s waste management and recycling needs. Furthermore, we provide flexible, 30-day contracts instead of the typical lock-in contracts, which proves to be better.

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What are waxed paper milk cartons made of?

You should know the composition of waxed paper milk cartons first before anything else.

They are primarily made from liquid paperboard (LPB), which are manufactured from layers of paperboard with protective layers to keep contents safe. What we see as similar to wax coating is actually polyethylene (PE) plastic.

Additionally, they can also be layered with either plastic or aluminium foil, but they are certainly always accompanied by paperboard.


Recycle your waxed paper milk cartons with the help of Waster!

Waster can help you with your “unrecyclable” products. We offer a service wherein you can send off and recycle your waxed paper milk cartons. How we can help you: through the use of TerraCycle boxes. In the following sections, I will further discuss the processes and information involved.


Plenty of recycling facilities will not accept that waste

As the above section suggests, very limited recycling facilities will take in your coated milk carton waste. That is because they are deemed “unrecyclable”. If you are unfamiliar with this term, it usually means the product at hand consists of different kinds of recyclable materials, which makes it difficult to recycle.

As a result, a huge amount of this type of waste ends up in a landfill. It certainly does not help that we only use them once before their disposal, as we usually use them to transport fresh produce, resulting in food contamination. Solutions should be implemented to prevent this from escalating further.

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TerraCycle, thankfully, has dedicated themselves to recycle these “unrecyclable” products. So, they are the first one businesses should think of if they want to recycle their waxed (laminated) paper milk cartons waste – or any other types of hard to recycle waste, for the matter.

As stated above, Waster offers the zero-waste recycling box, in which we discuss below the details.


Details on how to recycle your waxed paper milk carton waste

If your business area or whatnot is cluttered with laminated milk carton waste, you can inquire with Waster for services. We will provide you with a waxed paper milk cartons zero-waste recycle box to dispose of this waste.

As our customers and readers alike already know, we offer a wide variety of TerraCycle “Zero-Waste” recycling boxes that can fit your business’s needs. Recently, Waster has recently added more products available which include waxed paper milk cartons. We will discuss below the easy process you need to do to ship them off to TerraCycle. Check out our blog on recycling old books here.

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Steps to shipping off your laminated paper packaging waste

Shipping it off is fairly easy. Once you get the box from us, here is what you should do to ship it off to TerraCycle:

  • Pick the box size you want to purchase – either small or medium for laminated paper packaging (paper milk cartons, for example).
  •  Only put the appropriate type of waste here. In this case, only recycle non-recyclable paper and cardboard packaging (i.e., paper or cardboard with a wax or plastic coating). This includes laminated paper beverage cartons from milk, juice, lemonade, and coffee. The program also accepts laminated paper packaging and cartons from ice cream, sorbet, gelato, popsicles, broth mix, pasta, rice, and ice pops. We will discuss more details with you through our statements below.  
  • After you filled it up with the appropriate items, you can then ship the box to TerraCycle. Use the pre-paid shipping label affixed to the TerraCycle box. Rest assured that your sent items are recycled properly and safely.

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Also, for you to ensure the proper recycling of your sent waste, remove all the excess or unnecessary products.


Items not to include

For a smoother process, please do not send in non-laminated paper packaging. You can easily recycle those at the kerbside.

Do not include basic paper packaging. Note that we will not accept household hazardous waste such as pressurized canisters, pesticides, oil-based paint or medical sharps, organics, broken glass, bio-medical waste, soiled diapers or expired medication.

Lastly, we also will not accept any item that is classified as sharps, flammable, reactive, corrosive, ignitable, radioactive, toxic, infectious, or pathogenic.


How will TerraCycle recycle the waste?

First, TerraCycle shreds the collected waste and separates the paper. The recovered paper is recycled. Then, the other materials are further separated through a process called hydropulping for it to be recycled, too.


Can you recycle waxed paper milk cartons? Let’s do a quick recap

You might have originally thought that wax paper milk cartons cannot get recycled, but that is certainly not the case.

TerraCycle can take that waste and recycle them! So, the next time you ask are ice cream cartons recyclable? or can you recycle UHT milk cartons? you will already remember by then that you can ship them off with Waster’s help to TerraCycle.


For your other waste management and recycling needs

If you’re looking for recycling bins, check our waste recycling shop and find the best deals in terms of pricing and services.

Also, please call 1300 WASTER (1300 927 837), or email us at if you have any further questions.


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