Meat Packaging Put in Garbage Do Not Recycle Plastic Packaging At the supermarket, meat packaging cannot be recovered for recycling because of food contamination. Throw meat packaging in the trash. Do Not Recycle Butcher Paper Butcher paper is a paper coated in wax that cannot be recycled. If wax paper mixes into the recycling, the newly recycled paper is weakened and prone to holes, so is undesired. Ways to Reduce Visit the Meat Counter Going to the meat counter at the supermarket is a little more eco-friendly than buying prepackaged meat. Meat counter workers often wrap meat in butcher paper, which reduces your plastic waste. Store Leftovers in Reusable Containers Another opportunity to reduce food-associated waste is in storing leftovers. Use Tupperware or a piece of butcher paper covered by a piece of tin foil, which are both reusable. Did You Know? Even Meat Packaging is Becoming Eco-Friendly (Sort Of) Food is one of the recycling industry’s major contaminants, so meat packagers are already at a bit of a disadvantage when it comes to making their product recyclable. Some packaging companies, however, are now making compostable meat trays, so they can degrade in an industrial composting plant after they’re thrown out.