Takeout Container (Wax or Plastic-Lined Paperboard)

Put in Garbage

Do Not Recycle

Paperboard takeout containers are lined with wax or plastic to prevent them from leaking. Combining different materials (paper with wax, or paper with plastic) in the coating makes this item not recyclable. Dispose in the garbage.

No Glossy Lining? It’s Cardboard

If your paperboard container has no glossy or waxy coating, it’s cardboard. Scrape or empty any remaining food before putting it in the recycling. If the box is greasy or soiled, place it in the garbage – it cannot be recycled.

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.

Split Meals

Eating with a friend or family? Share your meal so there’s no need to take leftovers home afterward.

Use It as a Plate!

Make your meal clean-up one step easier by transforming your takeout container into a plate! Learn how on Lifehacker.com.

Did You Know?

Chinese Takeout Pail Inspired by Japanese Origami

Commonly called a Chinese takeout box, this type of takeout container was invented in 1894 and originally called a “paper pail.” Inspired by Japanese origami, it is created from one piece of folded material, with a small wire handle attached to the top for carrying. Learn more about the paper pail’s history at Eater.com