Do Not Recycle
Paperboard takeout containers are lined with wax or plastic to prevent them from leaking. Combining different materials (paper with wax, or paper with plastic) in the coating makes this item not recyclable. Dispose in the garbage.
No Glossy Lining? It’s Cardboard
If your paperboard container has no glossy or waxy coating, it’s cardboard. Scrape or empty any remaining food before putting it in the recycling. If the box is greasy or soiled, place it in the garbage – it cannot be recycled.
Ways to Reduce
Bring Your Own To-Go Container
When dining out, bring a reusable to-go container so that you can bring leftovers home sustainably.
Eating with a friend or family? Share your meal so there’s no need to take leftovers home afterward.
Use It as a Plate!
Make your meal clean-up one step easier by transforming your takeout container into a plate! Learn how on Lifehacker.com.