dcwcreations / Shutterstock.com Juice Boxes Put in Recycling Cart/Bin dcwcreations / Shutterstock.com Empty Out Before Recycling Leftover food residue can contaminate the recycling stream, so completely empty out juice boxes before placing them in recycling. Find out more. Take Out the Straws Items cannot be recycled when nested inside each other, so take straws out of the juice boxes. Find out how to dispose of straws. Ways to Reduce Buy in Bulk Buying individually sized juice boxes creates more waste than purchasing juice in bulk. Consider purchasing a reusable drink container that still feels like a traditional juice box. Did You Know? Sorting Out Juice Cartons Carton Recycling Only recycle cartons if they are shown above as recyclable.