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Go Green! Serve Milk in Recyclable, Plastic Bottles

The New Look of MilkRecycling is another excellent reason to get the New Look of School Milk. School nutrition professionals can take a leadership role in protecting the environment by serving milk in plastic bottles and recycling them.

It's far easier to recycle plastic bottles than paperboard milk cartons as there are a limited number of facilities capable of handling the polycoated cartons. Recycling plastic bottles can be the one item that can create the "critical mass" needed to have a recycling company work with your district at little or no cost. Since schools pay for trash disposal by the cubic yard, this could lower a district's waste-hauling costs.

According to National Dairy CouncilĀ® pilot tests2,3, recycling plastic milk bottles could reduce trash volume between 9 percent and 20 percent. Recycling a ton of plastic bottles saves the equivalent of 3.8 barrels of oil.3 It helps our environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and saving landfill space. Plus, it teaches students social responsibility and respect for the environment.

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