Residents in the cities TFC serves, including Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach, can now recycle food and beverage cartons as part of their curbside recycling program. With the help of a grant from the Carton Council of North America, TFC was able to install an optical sorting unit programmed to remove the items. TFC is proud to expand the list of accepted recyclables and continue our mission to conserve energy and natural resources and protect the environment.
What are Cartons?
Cartons are easy to recognize and are available in two types - shelf-stable and refrigerated. Both types of cartons can be recycled.
Cartons on shelves include:
Refrigerated cartons include:
How do I recycle cartons?
Simply empty your food and beverage cartons and then place them in your recycling bin with other glass, metal and plastic containers.
What happens to recycled cartons?
Once the cartons are collected and sent to TFC, they are baled and used to make new paper products and sustainable building materials. At paper mills, the carton components are separated using a device called a hydrapulper. The pulp is separated and used to make paper products, such as paper towels, tissue and office paper. The plastic and aluminum together can be sent on for further recycling, such as producing ceiling tiles or wallboard, or can be used for energy to fuel the paper mill. Another type of recycler uses whole cartons to make green building materials using a press. Learn more at recyclecartons.com/how-to-recycle.