Let the Carton Live On

A Recycling Program: Increase milk and juice carton recycling now!

The Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District with support from the Carton Council announces “Let The Carton Live On.” The program started for America Recycles Day, since we wanted more schools to recycle cartons and improve school’s carton recycling rate. The Solid Waste District has recycling bins in the shape of a milk carton, generously donated from the Carton Council.   
Schools with Kimble, Rumpke, Waste Management and Republic recycling services can participate in this program. Schools with other recycling haulers should work with Kathleen Rocco, Education Specialist of the Solid Waste District to determine if carton recycling is accepted by the hauler and/or recycler. 
Carton recycling bins should be placed in the cafeteria along with a pour off bucket. All juice boxes and milk cartons must be emptied and straws removed to recycle following the “drink, empty, recycle” behavior model. Cartons from breakfast and lunch should be recycled. The custodial staff should be informed of the program, especially if they are to handle the removal of cartons for recycling. The best practice for carton recycling is to place them loose in a recycling dumpster as plastic bags can trap moisture and odors rendering cartons not recoverable. 
Schools with less than 400 students can get up to two carton recycling bins and a set of “drink, empty, recycle” posters. Schools with over 400 students can obtain up to three recycling bins and a set of “drink, empty, recycle” posters. Schools will also receive promotional material to be used at school and can be sent to parents and educational material that can be used in the classroom. 
The goal of the program is to capture 100% of the milk cartons and juice boxes consumed on school grounds. Please share your results with the school community, Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District and the Carton Council through articles, media announcements, photos and/or videos. 

Contact Kathleen Rocco at 216-443-3731 or (email her directly) to start “Let The Carton Live On” recycling program. Do not miss out, start recycling cartons now.  

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