Category Archives: Waste Reduction

Can Milk Cartons and Soup Boxes Be Recycled?

Sadly, no. You cannot recycle milk cartons, soup boxes, juice boxes, and similar containers made of cardboard covered with waxed paper or plastic in Lake County. Recycling processes are developed specifically for a particular kind of material—like paper or plastic. These containers are made of two or more types of material, so they cannot be recycled using either process. Keep it pure!

For more information, please see the recycling tips on C4Leadville.org, or ask a member of the Recycling Center team at the Lake County Landfill. Thank you for recycling with care!

Can I Recycle Bottle Caps and Jar Lids?

Ever wondered if you can recycle bottle caps and jar lids? The answer is a great illustration of how to keep it pure! Let’s break it down.

Metal Bottle Caps = No
While this handy invention is primarily metal, it’s lined with plastic, so it contains two types of recyclables. In a few specific cases, it’s okay to mix types of materials in small amounts: You can leave the labels on glass jars and the plastic or metal rings on glass bottles. But metal bottle caps cannot be recycled because the metal isn’t pure enough. In addition, these tiny gadgets can catch in the conveyor belts of recycling machines and temporarily stop the recycling process.

Jar Lids = No
For the same reason that metal bottle caps cannot be recycled, jar lids must go in the trash.

Plastic Bottle Caps = Yes
Plastic bottle caps, when placed back on the top of a rinsed plastic bottle, can be recycled in a place like Lake County that takes plastics #1-#7. It’s best to reattach them to their original mate, however, to keep them from getting jammed in the recycling machines’ conveyor belts.

For more information, please explore the recycling tips on C4Leadville.org, or ask a member of the Recycling Center team at the Lake County Landfill. Thank you for recycling with care!

Recycle with Care: Keep it Pure

When you’re not sure whether you can recycle an item, carefully consider what it’s made of. Items that contain more than one kind of material, like a paper with a heavy plastic or wax coating (think milk carton) or a metal bottle cap lined with plastic, cannot be recycled. That’s because the recycling process is made for only the primary material.

There are some exceptions:

  • Paper labels on glass bottles = Yes
  • Plastic or metal rings around the top of glass bottles = Yes
  • Small amounts of packing tape or labels on cardboard = Yes

Here’s an easy rule of thumb: “Keep it pure!” This little slogan is sister to another important recycling reminder: “When in doubt, keep it out.”

For more information, please explore the recycling tips on C4Leadville.org, or ask a member of the Recycling Center team at the Lake County Landfill. Thank you for recycling with care!