What You Should Know About Recycling Empty Pizza Boxes



Recycling isn’t always as simple as tossing items in the right bin. Municipalities have rules about what can and can’t be recycled, and if you ignore them you could end up sending unnecessary waste to the landfill. Pizza boxes are an example of a recyclable item that can’t always be salvaged. Most pizza boxes are made from corrugated cardboard, which is recyclable under most circumstances. Things get complicated, though, when the cardboard is covered in food matter. Pizza boxes tend to soak up grease from the pizza inside them, and soiled materials can’t be recycled. While it’s sometimes possible to wash off food recyclables, grease stains are harder to remove from paper products. If you decide to put the box in the recycling bin, it could contaminate the items around it, creating more trash. That doesn’t mean you should skip pizza night; even if the bottom half of your pizza box is stained, you can still rip off the top half and recycle it as long as it’s clean.