Americans eat about 290 eggs in a year … like, each person in the U.S. eats that many eggs every year.
Eggs usually come in cartons of 12, so that’s about 24 cartons of eggs for every American … every year.
What happens to all those cartons? Can egg cartons be recycled?
Well, we’re sort of at the mercy of the egg producers and grocers who decide what materials to use for the cartons. They might use paper, plastic, or Styrofoam and we’re stuck sorting through the trash.
But, if you know what to do with the options available, you can make sure your egg cartons don’t end up in a landfill or worse.
Some egg cartons can be returned to the store.
Cardboard and paper egg cartons are recyclable.
Plastic egg cartons may not be recyclable.
Styrofoam egg cartons are not recyclable.
Are there reusable egg carton options?
What else could you do with your egg cartons?
I have a huge stack of empty egg cartons just waiting for me to do something with them … how did that happen?
Well, I started saving a few to make fire starters that I use when camping. I’d stack them up until I felt like doing a project (instructions below), then I’d use as many as I needed, or had supplies for.
And generally, I’d take the rest of the cartons back to my co-op to send them back for reuse by the egg farmers (or whoever packs the eggs for them).
Then COVID-19 happened and, suddenly, I had this leaning tower of egg cartons to deal with.
So, I wondered, can egg cartons be recycled? See, I’m new to the area, and I hadn’t scoped out the recycling sitch just yet.