Why You Need To Think Twice Before Recycling Pizza Boxes In Illinois
The clock is ticking and Christmas day is almost here. It's not outrageous to think lots of families are scrambling between holiday parties, events, and shopping, With all the craziness there's a chance some families are opting for pizza for dinner. This means there will be empty pizza boxes to pitch for those having their pies delivered. Before tossing it into the recycling you might want to consider whether or not it can be recycled.
On Which Days Do Americans Consume The Most Pizza?
Can you guess when the most number of pizzas are ordered in the U.S. each year? If you guessed during the Super Bowl you're wrong, but it's a close second. The day the most pizza is ordered is actually Halloween. The other big days are New Year's Eve/New Year's Day and the day before Thanksgiving. Although there has to be an uptick in pizza orders during the winter holiday season.
You may be wondering why is it even a cause for concern to recycle a pizza box. The explanation is simple and makes sense. Republic Services, which has landfills and recycling centers in Illinois, explains it like this;
If the box is greasy, cheesy and has stuck on food bits, it shouldn't go in the recycling bin . The box is no longer recyclable, but even worse, that grease can contaminate the other objects in the recycling bin and make it all unusable.
The entire box doesn't necessarily have to avoid the recycling bin, the tops might be OK since they're usually clean and grease-free.
With that being said, in some Illinois municipalities, residents are warned against recycling pizza boxes if they're covered in food, grease, crusts, etc. You can find a list of most of the items in your home and how to recycle them here.