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ESD Extra: Tossing Takeout Containers — Garbage or Recycling?

Post Date:05/13/2020

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Ordering takeout from time to time during the COVID-19 pandemic is a great way to eat your favorite food, take a break from cooking and support local restaurants. When choosing a restaurant to order from, remember some are curbside or drive through pickup only, while others offer delivery. Whichever option you choose, you'll likely end up with a few containers that need to be disposed of properly. Here's a simple guide on how to dispose of each type of takeout container — keeping in mind that only containers not soiled by food or liquid are recyclable.

  Plastic Containers

Plastic Containers -- Put in Recycling Cart/Bin

 Aluminum Container

 Aluminum Containers -- Put in Recycling Cart/Bin

 Cardboard Containers

Cardboard Containers -- Put in Garbage Cart/Bin

  Foam Containers

Foam Containers -- Put in Garbage Cart/Bin

 Pizza Boxes

Pizza Boxes -- Put in Garbage Cart/Bin

Need to dispose of plastic bags, plastic utensils or other items not listed above? Check out our handy Recycling Guide.

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