Recycling of Plastic Spouts on Cartons
Our local organic milk company has changed to packaging with a plastic spout and screw cap. How do the recycling people handle that, or can they?
You’d think the packaging manufacturers would have been creative and planet-friendly in their design, but no. Despite green claims from natural product companies such as Silk Soymilk, paper cartons with those embedded plastic spouts are a real pain because yes, the paper is recyclable, but no, the plastic spout and cap system isn’t.
You have to cut out the plastic spout and throw it, along with the screw cap, in the non-recyclable trash! I know this isn’t that easy, but the plastic of these cartons can’t be recycled.
And be careful not to cut yourself when you use the scissors to remove the plastic gizmos! The safest way that I have found to get the embedded plastic spouts off the paper carton is to unfold the package, carefully opening all the seams, rinse it out, flatten it, and then cut away the plastic with scissors.