Ice Cream Cartons Put in Garbage Cart Paper Cartons Are Garbage Paper cartons can’t be recycled because they are made up of mixed materials and not just paper. They’re also lined with plastic to prevent any liquid from leaking through the carton. Plastic Cartons Are Recyclable Depending on the plastic type, plastic ice cream cartons can usually be recycled. Please make sure to clean the container to avoid contaminating other items in your recycling bin. Keep Out of the Compost Paper by itself is compostable. However, ice cream cartons will likely leave behind plastic in the soil and contaminate the finished compost. Ways to Reduce Buy in Bulk Reduce the number of cartons you trash by purchasing larger amounts of ice cream that will last longer. Ways to Reuse Repurpose Plastic Containers Plastic ice cream cartons can be reused for storage or decor. Visit Talenti’s website for inspiration. Did You Know? How Much Ice Cream Do Americans Eat? In 2019, the U.S. produced around 6.4 billion pounds of ice cream and frozen yogurt. Each year, the average American is estimated to consume over 22 pounds of ice cream and other frozen desserts.