TIL that pizza boxes are only recycleable if the grease and oil stained portions are removed; otherwise, the oily contaminants ruin the entire batch of paper fibers.

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  • pdxscout
    1 Week(s) Ago

    My city picks up our yard debris and compostables in a shared bin. The pizza boxes go in there.

  • theshoeshiner84
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I use my pizza boxes as a kickstarter in my firepit.

  • Savergn
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This depends on your trash processing facility. Some will be able to separate the grease from the cardboard, and others will not. Contact your local waste management to find out if they do.

    Edit: guess I should clarify, if you throw greasy cardboard in the trash, it doesn't matter. But if you try to take it to a recycling center, call them first to see if they take it.

  • BadWolfRU
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Strange to read that.

    As a papermaker, I didn`t understand, what are they mean by ruined. You load 1-2-3 tonnes of waste into the pulper, then you have how much grease you got from this 2 tonnes? Not to mention further downstream cleaning/deinking plants. One problem I see is for some small garage companies, who couldn`t afford normal cleaning of stock.

    Everything is recyclable, it depends only on the feasibility of such recycling. Pizza boxes already made from recycled fibres, and fibres in them already ruined. Their papermaking properties at the lowes grade and fiber losses will be more than 50 %. General rule - you can recycle paper only to the lower grade.

  • TheAnt317
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Great, now I'm hungry for some grease-stained cardboard.

    ... I mean pizza. Pizza's what I said.

  • boondoggie42
    1 Week(s) Ago

    My local transfer station has lists and signs spelling out what can and cannot be recycled, and they're pretty specific... and it doesn't mention this.

  • MaceotheDark
    1 Week(s) Ago

    My recycling company let us know they now recycle pizza boxes. I wonder if there’s some specific process they started using

  • StringFartet
    1 Week(s) Ago

    We throw them in the compost bins.

  • partsbradley
    1 Week(s) Ago

    I keep seeing this "grease prevents paper recycling" trope. It's false. The recycling comp have to clean the paper whether it is grease or ink or blood. How do you remove one without removing any of the others? You dont. If the washing process is strong enough to remove one of these items, it's strong enough to remove them all.

    Every article I read (including this one) about pizza box recycling mentions "Grease from soiled paper products causes oil to form at the top of the slurry, and paper fibers cannot separate from oils during the pulping process." It solves the problem in this statement. Oil on top, remove it. There is going to be wastage in any endeavor, including recycling.

    Check the process of making paper. It uses caustic soda. Caustic soda is used for degreasing.I

    I think it's the recycling companies trying remove some of the cost burden by not fully disclosing the process and making the public think they have to perform an action to help the poor recycling companies that are 'doing their part to save the world. '

    1 Week(s) Ago

    In light of this news, we will all start:

    [ ] taking a paring knife to our used pizza boxes before putting them in recycling bins

    [x] saying "fuck that" and depositing the entire box, as previously

  • Spokanaanite
    1 Week(s) Ago

    At my work they took away our garbage cans and replaced them with recycling bins that have this tiny little garbage can that hangs off the side. They told us that we were going to recycle basically everything now and that the hanging garbage thingy was just for food waste like banana peels. Then over the next few months we kept getting passive aggressive emails explaining why this or that common item can’t be put in the recycling bin. Basically, fucking nothing can be recycled. All I want is my garbage can back.

  • IsraelGameOver_
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Looks like I committed a violation without punishment

  • darthn3ss
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Not strictly true anymore, some paper makers can recycle pizza boxes and other food service products, apparently.


  • qwb3656
    1 Week(s) Ago

    It depends on the area. You have to check with your local recycling centers! Some CAN take them.

  • Pop-X-
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This is not true of every recycling facility.

  • ManbeefLargeyams
    1 Week(s) Ago

    This isn't the same for all countries. You can still recycle greasy pizza boxes here.

  • So-_-It-_-Goes
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Ok. I have had a question about recycling for a while and I bet I can get an answer on this thread...

    Is it better to over or under recycle?

    What I mean is, if there is an item that you are unsure about... is it better to just throw it in the recycling? Or is it better to just throw it out in the trash?

  • angryryan
    1 Week(s) Ago

    the oily contaminants ruin the entire batch of paper fibers.

    Bull. Shit.

    This nonsense has been regurgitated over the last several years without a single shred of evidence that a recycling plant “throws away” hundreds of pounds of pulp because of a single pizza box.

  • Schindlers_Fistz
    1 Week(s) Ago

    As someone who works in the recycled paper industry, the bigger problem is waxed fruit boxes. The wax never breaks down and will ruin the paper. Resulting in tonnes and tonnes of paper being wasted.

  • No1nole
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Not true!!! Paper, specifically corrugated is recyclable 100%; coating, grease, whatever. Source- Work at a Paper Mill and Box Plant that recycles corrugated.

  • jl_theprofessor
    1 Week(s) Ago

    Most people don’t realize just how sensitive recycling is, which has led to a decline in recycling companies. These materials have to be sorted very carefully, down to the type of plastic passed along for recycling uses. Everything has to get sorted, shredded, and pelleted.