I was doing some research for a forthcoming rant on the “dribble box” container used for Vruit and a variety of rice and soy milks, because these containers, as far as I could tell, are not recyclable. Also: these boxes invariably deposit their contents somewhere other than where I’m aiming.
The official name for these doubly-loathed “drink box” or “juice box” containers is “aseptic packaging.” I was happy to learn, in the course of my research, that they can be recycled, and in some communities aseptic packages can actually be recycled within the local curbside recycling program. Here’s the official word on recycling aseptic containers from the Aseptic Packaging Council. See also their database of nationwide beverage-carton recyclers.
To be clear, I still think this form of packaging sucks, because it always squirts juice across my counter. But at least now I don’t have to feel bad about contributing to the landfill crisis.