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Re: [GreenYes] Plastic-Coated Cartons
Van,
I have the same frustration...I started putting the
square box soy milk containers in my worm bin
"thinking what a good boy I am" and when the worms got
done munching I had all this thin plastic film in the
bin (harrumph).  I found the same thing with the
WildWood soy milk container (like standard milk) when
I stopped purchasing the box type.  At this point curb
side pick up in Seattle picks up both the box type and
standard milk cartons.  I no longer purchase the box
type and just by WildWood.   To answer your next
question about what is ultimately done with them I
don't know.  I would also like to know if my efforts
are just a waist of time.

Glen
Seattle, Wa


--- Van Calvez <vcalvez@bainbridge.net> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> 
> Does anyone know if plastic coated milk cartons (and
> other cardboard
> packaging) can be recycled somewhere in the US?
> Other examples include ice cream cartons (even
> Ben&Jerry's "ecopint") and
> paper soft drink cups.
> Most of these things used to be covered in wax
> (which made them compostable
> at least).
> Now they seem to be covered with the thinnest layer
> of plastic.
> 
> What I most dislike about this is that the plastic
> coating is almost
> undetectable
> and can create a perception among consumers
> that the product is compostable (in a compost pile),
> and therefore, more
> environmentally-friendly than polystyrene.
> 
> If there is recycling of the plastic-coated
> containers, does the plastic get
> recycled as well or just thrown away?
> 
> Many thanks!
> signed,
> Van "The Soy Milk Cartons Are Stacking Up" Calvez
> Human~Nature Solutions
> Bainbridge, WA
> 
> P.S. despite all the grumbling and the endless
> messages, I love this
> listserve!
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