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Half of US households have access to carton recycling

United States – The Carton Council of North America has announced that 50% of US households can now recycle cartons through kerbside and other local recycling programmes. This is hailed as ‘a milestone representing the industry-led effort made possible by the support of countless recycling, packaging, municipal and sustainability stakeholders’.

Carton recycling access has grown 177% over the last five years, starting at just 18% in 2009 when the Carton Council was first formed. The body comprises a group of carton manufacturers united to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert cartons from landfill.

While products such as aluminium cans and paper have been part of the recycling stream for years, cartons have been among the last frontier of materials to be readily recyclable, it is contended. Since 2009, carton recycling access has been added to more than 36 million homes and is now available in 77 of the top 100 US cities. Today, more than 58 million homes in 46 states have such access.

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