UNBOXING THE FACTS

We’re making progress, but there’s still work to do.
Here are some stats on pizza box recycling:

72%

Our pizza boxes contain 72 percent recycled content.


94%

AF&PA member companies representing 94 percent of the total annual U.S. old corrugated containers (OCC) consumption accept pizza boxes.  -AF&PA

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Pizza boxes are made of high-quality corrugated paper, which can be recycled at least seven times. -American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA)

73%

Pizza boxes are recyclable, however, approximately 73 percent of the programs do not have clear acceptance guidelines for pizza box recycling.  -RRS Access Study

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Pizza Box Recycling

Pizza Boxes used each year in the U.S.

There are approximately 3 billion pizza boxes used in the U.S., annually, which represents 600,000 tons of highly desired corrugated material that should be recycled and not needlessly wasted.

Pizza Box Recycling

Pizza boxes are TECHNICALLY recyclable.

There is great inconsistency and confusion regarding the recyclability of pizza boxes. Pizza boxes are technically recyclable. They are made from the same material as a corrugated box, which has an average recovery rate for recycling of 92%. However, in the past, some paper mills and others in the recycling industry have expressed concerns about accepting them because of fear of food contamination.

These concerns have contributed to mixed messages as to whether they are recyclable. Recent press articles about contamination in the recycling stream have often highlighted pizza boxes as a contaminant and have enforced the belief they should not be recycled. An industry study found that grease and cheese residue at typical levels did not have a significant impact on recyclability of pizza boxes. In reality, the majority of recycling programs and paper mills accept them without any problems. Read the study summary.

There are approximately 3 billion pizza boxes used in the U.S., which represents an estimated 600,000 tons of highly desired corrugated material that should be recycled and not needlessly wasted.

Paper Recycling Industry

U.S. Paper Mills Rely on Recovered Fiber

About 80% of U.S. paper mills rely on recovered fiber to make some or all of their products.​

Paper Recycling Industry

The recycling industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy.

Recycling is a series of actions that can include collecting material, processing, brokering and selling it to a consuming facility such as a steel mill, paper mill, foundry, or plastic compounder. The goal is to transform unprocessed, mixed materials into uniform streams of single commodities that can be used as raw materials in manufacturing.

The recycling industry is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, generating more than $100 billion in economic activity, annually, and directly employing more than 164,000 people.1  More than two-thirds of material recycled in the U.S. in 2018 remained in the U.S., where manufacturers used it for new products.

The paper recycling industry’s total economic impact in the United States is nearly $34 billion.  About 80 percent of U.S. paper mills rely on recovered fiber to make some or all of their products. Paper and paperboard are some of the most widely recycled materials in the world, yet in 2017, paper and paperboard was still the single largest component of the municipal solid waste (MSW)2.  Recycling pizza boxes is an easy way to help reduce this number while providing the paper industry important and valuable fiber.

1ISRI 2019 Recycling Year Book
2EPA 2017 National Overview: Facts and Figures on Materials, Wastes and Recycling

Domino's Responsible Packaging

50,000 Trees

In 2020, Domino’s partnered with One Tree Planted to fund the planting of 50,000 trees in North America.

DOMINO'S RESPONSIBLE PACKAGING

Most Domino’s products leave the stores in one type of packaging – corrugated boxes.

Domino’s currently has two corrugated box suppliers, which provide us with boxes made from more than 70 percent recycled content. Both box suppliers maintain certified fiber sourcing and chain-of-custody certifications using third-party audits, and our primary supplier uses controlled wood. Their policies do not allow the purchase of fiber from illegal logging or trade in illegal wood or forest products. Their policies also restrict the purchase from anyone in violation of traditional or human rights in forestry operations.

Domino’s is proud to be a member of The Recycling Partnership, which works to increase quality and access to recycling. In 2020, Domino’s partnered with One Tree Planted to fund the planting of 50,000 trees in North America.