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).
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.
The number of times HDPE can be recycled. Source
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.