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About the Milk Jug

Thanks to the special material milk jugs are made of, they’re easy to recycle for consumers, more desirable for recyclers, and can be recycled into a variety of applications.

Made of HDPE

Milk jugs are made of a very lightweight and sturdy material called high-density polyethylene (HDPE).

Very Recyclable

Natural HDPE plastic is a very versatile material making it easy to recycle. And it’s recycled almost everywhere.

What It’s Recycled Into

Milk jugs are recycled into a wide range of items, such as toys, outdoor furniture, and even back into more milk jugs.

Why Recyclers Like It

Milk jugs are highly desirable by recyclers because of the high demand for HDPE plastic.

Milk jug half empty


The number of times HDPE can be recycled. Source

3 oz

It takes less than 3 oz. of HDPE plastic to hold a gallon of milk.


Currently, according to the EPA, fewer than 3 in 10 milk jugs get recycled.

Who We Are

“Recycle the Jug” is brought to life by the California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), and other partners who care about recycling.

Real California Milk milk pep Cal-waste Driftwood. Since 1920. Envision Plastics Resource Recovery. Coalition of California. Lucerne. Dairy Farms. Since 1904. Producers. Since 1932 Altium Clover sonoma Hollandia Dairy. From our cows to you... Naturally! Napa Recycling & waste services Crystal. Creamery Altadena. Since 1945. Farmer owned. Community Loved. The Association of Plastic Recyclers Albertsons Andronico's. Community Markets. Safeway Pavilions Vons Raley's

Help Spread the Word

Help your family, friends, and followers get in on the difference-making by recycling their milk jugs. Tell them to pour it, cap it, and bin it.

Milk jug