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Climacell packaging from a meal prep delivery box. It is brown paper and used to keep things cold as an alternative to styrofoam.


Climacell packaging is used in many food delivery services to keep items cold.

Right now, these items belong in the trash.

This is something that might change in time. Be sure to check this page every so often to see if the material can now be recycled.


WHY ARE THEY GARBAGE? it says right there on the package it can be recycled.

In talking with the facility that sorts and sells the recyclables collected by the City of Madison, the paper mills that ultimately process the cardboard after it's been sorted does not want this mixed in with the other cardboard they receive.


how can they say it can be recycled when i can't recycle it?

Recycling isn't the same throughout the country.  Rules and laws vary.  Where the material goes varies, too. And their processing ability and specifications for material they want to process will vary.

This material are likely recyclable in other community. But for right now, we can't do it here.

This is a good example about how materials and packaging change faster than the recovery industry can adapt - or faster than this decentralized system can fully adapt to new products.


what can i do to make climacell recyclable in Madison?

You can contact the manufacturer here.

That may kickstart a conversation between the recovery facility, the paper mills, and the manufacturer to ensure that these materials can be recycled here in the future.