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Which supermarket cartons can I recycle?

It’s important to remember that just because a container has a recycling symbol (the three arrows making a triangle) it doesn’t mean that the container can be recycled

September 3, 2020

Confusing, we know. So here is some information about what to do with the different types of cartons you will find on supermarket shelves.

Generally, there are two types of cartons found in shops and supermarkets.

  • ‘Gable-top’ cartons, which you will find in the chiller section of your supermarket. They contain things such as milk, cream and orange juice. They must be chilled to preserve the contents.
  • Long-life or UHT cartons which are in the shape of a brick. These have an extra aluminium lining which removes the need for refrigeration. This type usually contains things such as liquid stock, long-life milk and juice.

Both types of packaging have their advantages and disadvantages.

Please recycle gable-top cartons

Gable-top cartons can be rinsed clean and recycled in your kerbside recycling bins.

Long-life/UHT cartons can't be recycled

Unfortunately, the long-life cartons cannot be recycled in WA (because of the aluminium lining), so they must go into your general waste bin. On the plus, they last longer in your pantry and energy is also saved during transport and storage.

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