Ingredients for the Perfect Slice: Pepperoni, Mozzarella and Recyclable Boxes

Pizza boxes

Few things are as enticing as the aroma of freshly baked pizzas arriving at your front door, and they’re even more appealing when you realize the boxes are made to be recycled.

That means there’s no need for buyer’s remorse when you contemplate disposing of them afterward—even if they have grease stains and some melted cheese.

In fact, studies have shown that the boxes are recyclable. Another fact is that they are recycled every day at a majority of paper mills across the country.

Only 57% of Americans realize pizza boxes can be recycled.

Check your local recycler’s rules on what boxes it will accept and how clean they have to be. Guidelines vary from community to community.

stacked pizza boxes

In many neighborhoods, neither of those is any impediment to recycling any longer. If you didn’t know that, you’re not alone: Only 57% of Americans realize pizza boxes can be recycled at all, survey data shows.

Since U.S. residents use about 3 billion pizza boxes a year, amounting to 600,000 tons of cardboard material that can be recycled, that represents a big opportunity for consumers.

By pitching in, you’re maximizing the benefits of responsible forest management. In the U.S., about twice as much wood is grown for paper and packaging products as is used each year, and cardboard boxes like pizza boxes can be recycled up to seven times.

Once you’ve double checked that your local recycler takes pizza boxes, then be sure you empty and flatten the boxes before you drop them in the recycling bin. Just remember: Empty, Flatten and Recycle (EFR)!

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