In the U.S., people consume an estimated three billion pizzas a year. That’s a potential of 600,000 tons of corrugated board that could be recovered and reused.
PIZZA BOXES ARE RECYCLABLE
WestRock is on a mission to clear the confusion about whether corrugated pizza boxes can be recycled, or not.
YES THEY CAN.
We have proven that cheese and grease do not matter. Simply empty the box and put it in your recycling bin. We’ve conducted a grease & cheese study, commissioned a consumer recycling access study and confirmed Industry endorsement of our grease study.
JOIN THE MISSION
By providing a scannable code on your branded pizza box, you can link consumers directly to The Pizza Box Recycling Portal where they can access their pizza box recycling guidelines!
Pizza boxes are made of high-quality corrugated paper, which can be recycled at least seven times. -American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)
Pizza boxes are recyclable, however, approximately 73 percent of the programs do not have clear acceptance guidelines for pizza box recycling. -RRS Access Study
AF&PA member companies representing 94 percent of the total annual U.S. old corrugated containers (OCC) consumption accept pizza boxes. -AF&PA
Debunking the Myth
Debunking the myth about pizza box recycling
To combat the misconception that corrugated pizza boxes aren’t recyclable due to residual grease and cheese in the box, our Research & Development (R&D) team conducted a study using material from one of our single stream material recovery facilities (MRFs). The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) validated our findings, which concluded that typical amounts of residual grease and cheese doesn’t impact the quality of the recycled fiber. Remember, the next time you get pizza, don’t trash the box! Remove any food from the box and put it in the recycling bin instead.