Tossing Takeout Containers — Garbage or Recycling? Email 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 >> Put In Recycling Cart/Bin Aluminum Containers >> Put In Recycling Cart/Bin Cardboard Containers >> Put In Garbage Cart/Bin Foam Containers >> Put In Garbage Cart/Bin 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.