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 Can I recycle the tops of pizza boxes when they are clean?

Posted on Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2008

Please place pizza boxes in COMPOST containers.

If this is not an option where you are, please remove the top of the box (only if it is clean) and recycle with corrugated cardboard.

Generally, we do not recycle pizza boxes because the cheese and grease from the pizza contaminates the box, rendering it unable to be recycled into new products. However, since many times only the bottom part of the box is contaminated, it is sometimes possible to separate and recycle the top. If, and only if, the top of the box is clean, recycle it with corrugated cardboard.

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Tags: Cardboard, Composting, Food/Drink, Pizza boxes, Wrappers/Containers

 
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