WHERE SHOULD YOU PUT THE NEW CLOVER MILK CARTONS?
Although the Clover milk cartons say “rinse and recycle”, with all products it is important to check with your local recycler to see if they have a market to recycle that item. Unfortunately, we do not have a way to recycle these cartons, so they still must go in the landfill.
Additionally, we cannot compost these cartons either. Although the plastic is “renewable and plant-based”, the resin itself still behaves like conventional plastic and will not break down in the compost.
WHAT IS PLANT-BASED / RENEWABLE PLASTIC?
Clover switched their packaging to use a plant-based, “renewable” liner in their cartons. A renewable material can be regenerated or regrown on a human lifetime – Clover’s lining is made from sugar cane and trees. While this does not make the cartons recyclable or compostable in Marin Sanitary Service’s collection area, it does reduce the use of traditional virgin plastic, which is made from fossil fuels. So, this switch still does reduce the demand for fossil fuels!