Reducing Waste by Composting Egg Cartons

Photo of paper egg carton

Did you know that you can compost paper egg cartons?

If you have a compost pile, you may be surprised to know that in addition to egg shells, you can compost paper egg cartons. Eggs packaged in styrofoam or clear plastic cannot be recycled, which is a source of frustration for Wenger Feeds Quality Assurance Supervisor Ray Leiby. Ray teaches composting through the Lancaster office of the Penn State Extension’s Master Gardener Program. Ray notes, “Everyone uses eggs and if we could get even a small percentage of those people to re-cycle the used egg cartons by adding them to their compost piles, that would help reduce the amount of waste going to the landfills.” If you have a compost pile, consider eggs packaged in paperboard cartons.

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