How can you tell if a milk carton is waxed? Run your
fingernail down the side. If you can scrape off some wax, there you go!
I have not seen a waxed gable top for decades. Now
they are poly-coated.
The scrape test also works on produce boxes.
Jeffrey Smedberg, Recycling Programs Coordinator
County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department
701 Ocean Street,
Room 410, Santa Cruz, California 95060
831/454-2373 Fax 831/454-2385 firstname.lastname@example.org
[mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Jewell, Rebecca
Sent: Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Cc: Spence, Bill - MRF
Subject: [CRRA] plastic? or wax?
coated milk cartons
I've been reading up on gable tops and a
practice of coating them in layers of polyethylene instead of
Obviously this has an effect on their
suitability for recycling vs composting.
Is there some way that one could
determine, when purchasing milk, if the carton is coated with plastic or wax?
Recycling Programs Manager
Davis Street Station for Material Recycling &
Waste Management company