Recycle your cartons! - Recycle BC

Cartons can be recycled

Cartons are made mainly from paper, with thin layers of polyethylene (plastic) and, for shelf-stable products, a thin aluminum layer. Soup, dairy, and cream are just some of the products packaged in cartons that are recyclable in your blue box or container cart! Recycled cartons are made into new products you use every day such as paper towels, tissues, napkins and writing paper.

What happens to cartons after they leave your recycling bin?

On collection day, recycling trucks throughout the province pick up your recyclables and take them to the receiving facility. Here, cartons are separated from other recyclable materials using infrared technology.

Cartons are packed together and sent to a paper mill. At the paper mill, cartons are added to a large machine called a Hydrapulper — essentially a giant blender — that uses water to break the cartons down into their component parts. Cartons are separated into paper, plastic and aluminum. The pulp is used to make paper products such as paper towels, tissue and office paper. The residual plastic and aluminum iseither sent to landfill or used for energy to fuel the paper mill.



Put your cartons in the Blue Bin!

To learn more about carton recycling, visit the Carton Council of Canada’s website.