Takeout Containers (Plastic)

Put in Container Recycling

Empty plastic takeout containers can go under the blue lid of a split recycling cart or in a larger cart or bin labeled “Containers Only.” Please scrape and rinse first.

Note that recycling markets for plastic takeout containers are limited– especially for #6 and #7 plastics. Containers with these numbers are better placed in the garbage. 

When possible, please choose reusable containers, recyclable aluminum containers, or compostable containers instead of plastic.



Do Not Reuse

Plastic takeout containers are made up of chemicals that may leach into your food if you use them more than once.

Ways to Reduce


Bring Your Own To-Go Container

When dining out, bring a reusable to-go container so that you can bring leftovers home sustainably.

Reusable Packaging For Businesses

Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether.

Did You Know?

The Preferred Takeout Container

Out of all the types of takeout containers — aluminum, cardboard, wax-lined paperboard, plastic and foam — aluminum is the easiest for recycling plants to recycle, while foam is the most difficult.