During this America Recycles Week, we're aiming to answer a common question that causes a lot of confusion across the United States:
Are pizza boxes recyclable?
We're here to set the record straight. A recent study confirmed pizza boxes are recyclable. Grease and cheese are not an issue for the recycling process. Simply remove leftover pizza and place the box in the recycling bin.
We encourage communities to update their residential recycling programs' guidelines to explicitly accept pizza boxes that are free of food.
Pizza boxes are already being recycled at paper mills across the country and the industry wants more of these boxes back to recycle them. About 3 billion pizza boxes are used in the U.S. each year — that's about 600,000 tons of corrugated that could be collected for recycling.
By updating local municipality programs to accept corrugated pizza boxes, we're adding another feedstock to help produce the essential products we rely on like boxes for shipping, food and medicine as well as toilet paper and paper towels. Our industry's $4.1 billion dollar investment in U.S. recycling capacity is evidence for how important recycling is to the paper and paper-based packaging supply chain.
Learn more about the recyclability of pizza boxes at PaperRecycles.org.