Tossing Takeout Containers — Garbage or Recycling?

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Ordering takeout from time to time during the COVID-19 pandemic is a great way to eat your favorite food while supporting local restaurants. You will, however, 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 in Truckee.

*Only plastic containers #1 & 2 are recyclable. Check the bottom for a number inside a recycling symbol.
**ALL food residue must be removed. Container must be clean and dry to be recycled!

*ALL food residue must be removed. Container must be clean and dry to be recycled!

*Most cardboard containers have a plastic coating which makes them not recyclable.
**Only CLEAN and DRY paper and cardboard can be recycled. If there is food or liquid contamination, this must go in the trash.

*Styrofoam must always go in the trash.

*Only CLEAN and DRY paper and cardboard can be recycled. If there is food or liquid contamination, this must go in the trash.

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