Well, at least I saved the boxes from being recycled and saved energy resources! This box is not entirely green friendly, but they will last a long time unless something unexpected happens to them. Meanwhile many lunches will be served using them and they will be great conversation pieces sitting on the picnic table. I also use them for my sewing scraps. The ones that don't get the pretty little cover are used for storing sewing crafts, and fabric scraps, which by the way will help me stay organized when I move them into my new sewing room after the shop gets built! The boxes shown are at least 8 years old. We rarely go out to eat; so I don't get very many. I shop mostly all the outside isles of the grocery store because I cook from scratch.
Recycling holds true to all paper products if they have food residue on them. Even if the box has the label that says it can be recycled. Grease forms in top of the slurry and the fibers can't separate from the oils in the pulping process. The binding of the paper is weakened from the contamination; causing poor quality of paper. Now get this . . . . For all of those folks who sneak in the boxes . . . . guess what? It contaminates the entire batch! All goes to the land field. The good news is the boxes can be put into the compost pile.
There you have it. For the full article : https://www.recyclebank.com/live-green/330-the-pizza-box-recycling-mystery/#.UAWpXLT2ZrM. Now let me show you how to save a pizza box from the land field ; if it is a soiled pizza box. Please visualize a soiled box in the picture; that will make it easier to follow through and keep you focused.
Let's make a lunch box.
Step 1: Materials
1 Pizza box
1 scrap piece vinyl table cloth.
Matching thread with sewing needle.
2 1/2 Yards ribbon.
1 Silk flower.
Plastic silverware optional.