Can You Recycle Plastic Takeout Containers (And How)

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Written By Georgios Sinis

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Plastic takeout container with a symbol on the top right indicating it is recyclable

You can recycle plastic takeout containers, except Styrofoam ones, through curbside recycling. Most are made of PP #5, HDPE #2, or PET #1 plastic and should be washed thoroughly using soap and water to remove any food contaminants. If the lid is of a different plastic type, recycle it separately.

Disposal Method: Recycling Bin
Plastic Types (#): PET #1, HDPE #2, PP #5

*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 takeout containers
Showing the HDPE Plastic recycling symbol RIC #2 used in plastic takeout containers
Showing the PP Plastic recycling symbol RIC #5 used in plastic takeout containers

Where To Recycle

  1. Curbside Recycling: The most effective way to recycle plastic takeout containers is through your curbside recycling program. Throw them in the blue recycling bin.
  2. Use Recycling Locators: Locate PET, HDPE, and PP specialized recycling programs near you using RecycleNation & Earth911 (US) or RecycleNow (UK).