Dallas is the first major city in Texas to launch a curbside carton recycling program, following the addition of cartons to Los Angeles' recycling program in June of this year.
According to Mary Nix, Director of Sanitation Services:
" Dallas is proud to be the first big city in Texas to make sure that liquid food and beverage cartons are recycled and kept out of landfills. Carton recycling is good for our customers and for the environment."
Under the new initiative, residents will be able to place all empty cartons - such as milk and juice cartons, along with soup and broth, soy milk and wine cartons - in their blue recycling bins or community recycling drop off containers.
The implementation of carton recycling in Dallas is the latest example of a national trend, spurred by the Carton Council, an industry group of carton manufacturers. In 2008, only 18% of U.S. households had access to carton recycling programs. Today, this number has nearly doubled to almost 36%, with cities in over 40 states representing approximately 40 million households now accepting cartons in their curbside collection programs.
Dallas and other cities across the country view carton recycling as a valuable means to helping to achieve their goals of diverting waste from landfills and increasing recycling overall.