Myth: Pizza Boxes Cannot Be Recycled

There is a long-standing belief that pizza boxes cannot be recycled, but that is not true today in most municipalities. Most pizza boxes can be recycled just like any other box. 

To recycle a pizza box, just make sure all of the slices, crust, and stuck-on cheese has been removed and place it in the bin. 

It is true, however, that some other paper or box-like items cannot be recycled. Many adhesive papers, such as stickers, cannot be recycled because of the mixture of glue and paper. Similarly, carton boxes, such as juice or water boxes, are difficult to recycle because they are made of glued layers of paper, plastic, and aluminum. Talk to your local recycling center to find out exactly what items you can safely recycle. 

This post is part of a weekly series on environmental myths. You can find more myths here