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Dallas Leads The Way With Food & Drink Carton Recycling

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – If you live in the city of Dallas, there is now less to think about when sorting the trash for recycling.

The city announced Thursday, at the Central Market on Lovers Lane, that cartons, which previously held food or drinks, are now okay to put in the blue residential curbside recycling bins.

The move makes Dallas the first major city in Texas to allow juice, milk and other food and drink cartons to be recycled. Previously no pizza boxes or food or drink “contaminated” boxes were accepted in recycling carts.

To make the change happen, Dallas has teamed up with the Carton Council, a group of carton manufacturers committed to increasing American carton recycling.

In a press release Dallas Director of Sanitation Services Mary Nix said, ““Carton recycling is good for our customers and for the environment.”

Some of the containers now allowed to be recycled include – milk, juice, soup, broth, soymilk and wine cartons.

As it stands, only about one-third of U.S. households recycle cartons.

In 2010, the City of Dallas recycled more than 50,000 tons of materials and expects to recycle nearly 65,000 tons in 2011.

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