Relearning to Recycle

I like to think of myself as an avid recycler. At home and work, I’ve always made it a habit to separate my recyclables from my other waste. Imagine my surprise when the Carton Council reached out to me to tour Dem-Con, a materials recovery facility (a.k.a. they sort recyclables), and share some updated recycling information. It’s not an industry in which I would expect to hear about innovation and change, but Dem-Con is doing some ground-breaking work in the field, so I was intrigued.

Dem-con was kind enough to take me on a tour of their sorting facility just outside of Minneapolis, MN. I learned a ton while I was there, but my major takeaways were all around carton recycling. Everything from tissues, notebooks and wrapping paper can be made from recycled cartons. Who knew?

To recycle your cartons just simply:

1.       Empty your cartons

2.       Toss them in your recycling bin

3.       Take them to the curb

That’s it!

As a food blogger (and a generally responsible consumer) I feel like it’s my responsibility to make recycling a habit. It’s a minimal effort act that can have an important impact on our environment, especially if we all try and do it just a little more often.

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