Most Southside Hampton Roads Residents Can Now Recycle Juice, Milk and Other Food and Beverage Cartons


Chesapeake, VA – Residents in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach can now recycle food and beverage cartons as part of their curbside recycling program. With the help of a grant from the Carton Council of North America, TFC Recycling, Virginia’s largest recycler, was able to install an optical sorting unit programmed to remove the items. The cartons are then baled and used to make new paper products and sustainable building materials.

Cartons are easy to recognize and are available in two types – shelf-stable, such as for juice, soup, broth and wine; and refrigerated, including containers for milk, juice, cream and egg substitutes. The number of products packaged in cartons continues to grow, and now residents of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Suffolk and Virginia Beach will be able to recycle more packaging than before.

“We’re proud to partner with the Carton Council to expand the list of recyclables our customers can put in their bins, making recycling more convenient than ever,” says Michael Benedetto, president/owner of TFC Recycling. “In doing so, we’re continuing our mission to conserve energy and natural resources, protecting the environment.”

“Cartons are a highly recyclable packaging choice. We are excited to work with TFC to expand recycling in this area,” said Jason Pelz, vice president of recycling projects for the Carton Council of North America and vice president, environment, for Tetra Pak Cluster Americas. “These communities are now part of the 67.7 million households in the U.S. that have access to carton recycling.”

The Carton Council is composed of four leading carton manufacturers, Elopak, SIG Combibloc, Evergreen Packaging and Tetra Pak, as well as an associate member, Weyerhaeuser. Formed in 2009, the Carton Council works to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons from the landfill. Through a united effort, the Carton Council is committed to building a sustainable infrastructure for carton recycling nationwide and works toward their continual goal of adding access to carton recycling throughout the U.S. For more information, visit


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