Your empty pizza boxes are NOT recyclable

16 February 2018, 14:09 | Updated: 16 February 2018, 16:27

pizza boxes not recyclable

There are many great things about getting a pizza delivery. The pizza, obviously. But the fact that the box is made of lovely corrugated cardboard means that you can claw back a bit of post-pizza guilt by recycling the evidence, right?

Unfortunately, this is not the case.

Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson pointed out this shocking news via an Instagram story earlier this week, and it’s true: research from Stanford University tells us exactly why, and it’s a bit of a gross reason.

“…the cardboard becomes soiled with grease, cheese, and other foods once the pizza has been placed in the box. Once soiled, the paper cannot be recycled because the paper fibers will not be able to be separated from the oils during the pulping process.”

So there you go. It might not curb your pizza-eating habits, but next time you’re hankering for a takeaway meat feast maybe you’ll put the box in the right bin.