Plastic Lids Put in Garbage Plastic beverage lids are made from different types of plastic, and they are too small to be sorted in our recycling center. Place lids in the garbage. Ways to Reduce Bring Your Own Cup Carry a travel mug or water bottle instead of using disposable coffee cups or plastic cups. Ways to Reuse Repurpose Plastic Lids Plastic lids can be repurposed as soap trays, party coasters and more. Check out this list for inspiration.