Los Angeles Launches Citywide Carton Recycling Program

The program is expected to collect nearly 430 tons of cartons yearly for recycling.

June 16, 2011
Recycling Today Staff
Municipal / IC&I Plastics Paper

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has announced that the city of Los Angeles, in tandem with the Vernon Hills, ill.-based Carton Council, is launching an initiative to recycle liquid food and beverage cartons as part of its curbside recycling program.

Through the new program, residences will place empty cartons, such as those used to package milk, juice, soup and broth, soy milk and wine, in their recycling bins.
The Carton Council, which was formed by formed by four of the country's leading carton manufacturers—Elopak, Evergreen Packaging, SIG Combibloc and Tetra Pak—says Los Angeles will be the largest of the more than 200 California cities that have carton recycling programs in place.
According to the Carton Council, the initiative will add no additional costs or hassles for residents and will serve 750,000 single-family households and more than 400,000 multi-family units in the city.
As of the first of this year, the Carton Council says its Carton Recycling Access Campaign has reached nearly 35 million households.