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In this latest original podcast, STAR travels all the way to Green Bay Wisconsin to answer the question – how does a carton get recycled?

 

 

How Cartons are Recycled: A Story in Photos

Carton Mill 1

A bale of post-consumer cartons sits in the Fox River Paper Mill, right before it is pushed into the pulper.

 

Carton Mill 2

Bales of cartons and paper and pushed into the pulper at the Fox River Paper Mill.

 

Cartons are mixed with water and chemicals in a pulping machine at the Fox River Paper Mill in Wisconsin. The pulper helps to separate the paper fibers in cartons from the plastic and aluminum components.

Cartons are mixed with water and chemicals in a pulping machine at the Fox River Paper Mill in Wisconsin. The pulper helps to separate the paper fibers in cartons from the plastic and aluminum components.

 

After the cartons are mixed in the pulper, the plastic and aluminum components are separated from the paper.

After the cartons are mixed in the pulper, the plastic and aluminum components are separated from the paper.

 

After the cartons go through the pulping machine, the plastic component of the cartons are completely separated from the rest.

After the cartons go through the pulping machine, the plastic component of the cartons are completely separated from the rest.

 

The aluminum is also separated.

The aluminum is also separated.

 

The paper components of the cartons are eventually rolled into wet lap.

The paper components of the cartons are eventually rolled into wet lap.

 

The final product.

The final product.