First Star Recycling was one of the first community recycling organizations to begin recycling cartons. As a result, First Star and our CEO Dale Gubbels were given a featured position in the “Faces of 40” profile from the Carton Council, to serve as a model for other communities and recyclers.

Today, thanks to the hard work of industry leaders like First Star recycling,  40 percent of U.S. households now have access to carton recycling. First Star is able to accept both of the two most common forms of cartons: Shelf-Stable Cartons (i.e. juice, milk, soy and grain milk, wine) as well as refrigerated cartons (i.e. milk, juice cream, egg substitutes).

Carton Recycling Information from The Carton Council

As a Carton Council member, First Star is  committed to environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire life-cycle of a carton package. By producing sustainable and carbon smart products made mainly from a renewable resource; consumers can wisely select cartons as one of the best package choices to meet their food and environmental needs.

  • Cartons are mainly made from paper. The paper in our cartons comes from growing forests where trees are replaced by new ones and biodiversity is maintained. None of the resources used in our cartons come from old growth trees or rainforests.
  • Cartons are light-weight and have a great product to package ratio. If you choose a product in a carton, you are taking home an average of 94{c5121995ac0ed7be23b0d4ff7b97284363290386917d0c952a5bc79f40131bfc} product and only 6{c5121995ac0ed7be23b0d4ff7b97284363290386917d0c952a5bc79f40131bfc} package.
  • Products packaged in cartons are transportation efficient. In general, the same amount of product can be shipped in fewer trucks. Fewer trucks = less fuel = less green house gas emissions.
  • Big or small, recycle them all! Cartons are recyclable, where collection and facilities exist. For more on recycling cartons,