You can not recycle plastic silverware through curbside programs. The most common type of plastic silverware you’ll come across is chrome-plated cutlery which can not be recycled outside specialized facilities. The same rule applies to other plastic silverware items, such as containers and plates.
Please note: Recycling guidelines may vary depending on local regulations and facilities. The information provided here is intended as a general guide and may not apply to your specific location or item. Always check with your local recycling center or municipal authority for the most accurate and up-to-date recycling information in your area.
Typical RIC Symbols Used
While #5 Polypropylene is technically recyclable, it is rarely processed. Its recycling rate is barely touching 1%.
The #6 Polystyrene plastic category is very difficult to recycle. No method is yet available to achieve economic sustainability.
Where To Recycle
- Use Recycling Locators: Locate specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK). Search either “Silverware” or “PP”, or “PS”.
- Give them away on FreeCycle: If you just want to give them away, you can always use the FreeCycle website and create a post for free.
- Recycle Through Walmart: Walmart has its own dedicated plastics recycling program in place. They accept all kinds of plastics. While they don’t specify if they accept plastic silverware, it is worth giving it a shot.
Ways To Reduce Silverware Waste
If you want to reduce your overall plastic waste footprint, consider opting out of using plastic silverware. Instead, use portable metallic cutlery & utensils that will last a lifetime and are easily recyclable.