(Last Updated: 2/8/2021)

Instructions depend on the type of carton you have. There are two main types of cartons. View the Carton Council website to see photos of each type.


Refrigerated (Gable-Top) Cartons

Recycle after rinsing. These cartons have a "roof" shape at the top. Milk, juice, and cream cartons are a common examples.

Put caps in the garbage. Do not bag recyclables. Recyclables must be loose.


Shelf-Stable (Aseptic) Cartons

Put in garbage.  Aseptic containers are rectangular and have a flat top with a plastic spout. They usually hold shelf-stable products like juice, soup, nut milk, or wine.

Because they are made of paper, plastic, and foil, they are too difficult to recycle with current technology.