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[greenyes] recycling vs. composting of cardboard

is it better (economically & environmentally speaking, on a large scale) to recycle cardboard or compost it?

Is it true that waxed cardboard isn't supposed to be mixed with regular cardboard, or does it just vary?

For a while I've been buying milk in waxed cardboard 1/2 gallons, & composting the carton. I've noticed that it takes quite a while to decompose, and it appears I'm ending up with a plastic coating in my compost. Any suggestions?

It was my intent to reduce my waste & environmental impact by purchasing milk in the cartons, rather than using milk in #2 plastic jugs. Am I wrong?

Thank you for your input.

Angie Wood
Fortuna, CA

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