Takeout Containers (Cardboard)

Put in Garbage Cart/Bin

Food and Liquid Soiled Containers Belong in the Garbage.


Not Just Cardboard

Cardboard takeout containers can’t be recycled because they’re often not just made of paper or cardboard; they’re usually lined with plastic or wax to prevent liquid from leaking through the container.

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.

Did You Know?

The Preferred Takeout Container

Out of all the types of takeout containers — aluminum, cardboard, wax-lined paperboard, plastic and foam — aluminum is the easiest for recycling plants to recycle, while foam is the most difficult.