I’m a huge fan of Almond Milk. I can keep shelf-stable cartons in my pantry until I’m ready to open them (then they go in the refrigerator) and I actually like the taste. I went Vegan one time on a dare a few years ago and that’s when I started drinking it exclusively. (I felt amazing afterward–ask me anything if you’d like to know more about it).
But anyway, I know some people have asked questions about how to recycle Almond Breeze® cartons, so here’s the info:
First, you have to check with your city recycling website, but for most cities these are run through a simply and established process called “hydrapulping”. Essentially, bales of waste paper (the carton is considered waste paper) are loaded into a circular tank containing water. Through agitation, the hydrapulper breaks up the bales into small pieces. The pulp mass it creates looks like Cream of Wheat. When the disintegrating process is complete, the pulp is discharged to storage or it moves on to be processed back into paper.
Hydrapulpers that are utilized mainly for handling waste paper include devices for removing contaminates plastic, staples, aluminum, and paper clips. What does that mean? It means you don’t necessarily have to remove the plastic lids from your cartons. I do it anyway, but it sounds that might be overkill.
I found this graphic from Justwater.com that shows how hydropulping works:
So, YES! You can recycle Almond Breeze® cartons. But, as with anything, check with your city or county recycling website to make sure they accept them. Get more information about it at the Blue Diamond website.