Starting today, LA residents can throw milk, juice, soup and wine cartons into their blue bins. The inclusion of cartons in L.A.'s curbside recycling program could divert as much as 430 tons of waste from landfills.
200 other California cities, including Oakland, Sacramento and Long Beach already have carton recycling.
After cartons are collected curbside, they are taken to a materials recycling facility to be sorted and baled. The bales of recycled cartons are then shipped to paper mills, which separate the paper pulp from the plastic and foil. The paper pulp is typically used for products such as bathroom tissue. The leftover plastics and foil are often used to generate electricity or turned into extruded plastic products, such as lumber.