Carton manufacturers group the Carton Council of North America has revealed that 45% of US households can now recycle cartons through curbside recycling programmes and other recycling venues.
This figure is an increase from 18% in 2009, when the carton council was formed.
In 2009, 21 million American households had access to carton recycling in 26 states. Now, 52.5 million households in 45 states have access to carton recycling services.
Tetra Pak North America environment vice president and Carton Council of North America recycling projects vice president Jason Pelz said that 64 of the 100 largest US cities provide access to carton recycling to residents.
"The progress in increasing access across the US is indicative of the recyclability of cartons as well as their value through strong end markets," he said.
"We are encouraged by this 45% milestone and are even more motivated to move full speed ahead toward achieving 50% and eventually 60% access."
Gold Coast in California and Republic Services in Lorain, Ohio are new recycling facilities that will come onboard and accept cartons.
Cartons are made primarily from a 100% renewable resource, and are lightweight and compact in design with a low carbon footprint.
The Carton Council is composed of four leading carton manufacturers, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Evergreen Packaging and Tetra Pak, as well as an associate member, Weyerhaeuser.
Image: The 45% achievement in carton recycling represents an increase of 150% from 18% in 2009. Photo: Courtesy of digitalart / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.