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How to Recyle Milk Cartons and Juice Cartons

written by: Meg C.•edited by: Niki Fears•updated: 8/14/2009

Milk and juice cartons are a staple in many households. Historically, recycling facilities did not allow individuals to recycle milk cartons and juice cartons. Not recycling milk cartons is not good for the environment. Here are a couple ways to recycle juice and milk cartons.

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    Overview: How to Recycle Milk Cartons

    Most people assume that it is impossible to recycle milk cartons just because several curb-side recycling programs do not accept them. This is a big concern for people who wish to recycle and live a green lifestyle. A Green Luvin' blog post discussed that a National Geographic documentary entitled Human Footprint indicated that "America consumes 989,985,594,240 half gallons of milk over the course of a lifetime and it takes more than one trillion kilowatt-hours of energy to produce, ship and landfill the milk cartons. That amount of energy emits 740,674,244 tons of greenhouse gases." It is very understandable why many people want to know how to recycle milk cartons.

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    How to Recycle Milk Cartons: Composting

    When determining how to recycle milk cartons, you should consider the fact that milk cartons and juice cartons are compostable. You can tear up and recycle milk cartons and recycle juice cartons and add them to your compost pile. Using a compost pile is a great way to cut back on household waste and create something useful. Plants that are planted in the soil produced by compost piles usually do better than those planted in top soil. The best thing about deciding to recycle milk cartons in a composter is that it doesn't take any time other than the time necessary to break the carton down.

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    How to Recycle Milk Cartons: Fish Freezing Container

    Those who enjoy fishing and eating fresh fish may be surprised to know that milk cartons are useful in freezing fish. This is a great way to recycle milk cartons by using it to freeze fresh fish unit you can eat them later. Make sure that the milk carton is thoroughly washed. Place the fish inside the milk carton and fill it with water. This useful way of how to recycle milk cartons has advantages over using plastic freezer bags. The fish froze in a recycled milk carton are less likely to freezer burn. This is because the entire fish is submerged in water. Disadvantages of using a recycled milk carton to freeze fish include having to thaw the entire container when you are ready to eat your delicious fish.

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    How to Recycle Milk Cartons: Seed Planter

    Those who grow their own organic food using soil from their compost pile can further their recycling by using the bottoms of milk cartons as a container to plant seeds. One benefit of how to recycle milk cartons by creating seed planters is that you can have the plants inside while they are young and need tending to, and then plant the entire plant inside the milk carton in the ground outside once the time is right. The milk carton is bio-degradable and will disintegrate under the soil.