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[GreenYes] Re: plastic? or wax? coated milk cartons

Rebecca - 

You might want to check with someone at Tetra-Pak or any other maker of "plasticized" milk cartons. I don't think there have been any truly "waxed" milk cartons for many years now. (So it's fairly safe to assume it's plastic).

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On Nov 28, 2007, at 4:12 PM, Jewell, Rebecca wrote:

I've been reading up on gable tops and a practice of coating them in layers of polyethylene instead of wax.
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?
Thanks in advance,

Rebecca Jewell
Recycling Programs Manager
Davis Street Station for Material Recycling & Transfer
A Waste Management company

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