Can You Recycle Plastic Egg Cartons (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis


Plastic egg cartons with a symbol on the top right indicating they are recyclable

You can recycle plastic egg cartons through your curbside recycling program, but only those made from PET (#1) plastic. Remember that you can not recycle egg cartons made of styrofoam plastic (PS #6) and should discard them in the garbage bin or locate a Styrofoam-specialized recycling center.

Disposal Method: Recycling Bin
Plastic Types (#): PET #1, PS #6

*Might require preparation before recycling

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 Symbol Used

Showing the PET Plastic recycling symbol RIC #1 used in plastic egg cartons
Showing the PS Plastic recycling symbol RIC #6 used in plastic egg cartons

Where To Recycle

  1. Curbside Recycling: The most effective way to recycle PET #1 plastic (or any PET derivate) is through your curbside recycling program. Being one of the most commonly recycled resin types ensures your municipality recycling center will certainly accept it.
  2. Use Recycling Locators: Locate PET or PS (Styrofoam) specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK).