Recycling plastic seems like a no-brainer, but unfortunately, the reality is far more complicated than most people realize.
How to Recycle Plastic Food Containers?
Here Are Some Tips.
  • Make sure all items are rinsed and clean before going into the recycling bin. Absolutely no food, liquids, or other contamination allowed. Yes, that means that the bottom of your pizza box needs to go in the compost (or the trash). You can, however, tear-off any non-greasy parts for disposable in the recycling bin.
  • Separate glass jars from their metal lids.

  • Inquire about how to recycle the lids of plastic bottles. In bigger, mixed systems, it's often preferred to keep them together, but many smaller programs only want the bottle, so the lid should go in the trash
  • Keep aluminum foil, plastic utensils, Styrofoam containers, plastic wrap, or plastic wrappers (including baggies and bags) OUT of the recycling bin. Those items need to go into the trash unless your recycling program specifically gives the green light.
  • If you must collect your recycling in a plastic bag, use a clear or see-through blue bag.

  • Compostable plastics are great but they don't belong in a recycling bin (and not even in a home composting bin – only industrial or commercial composting options can take these items).
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