Takeout Containers (Plastic)

Put in Garbage

This low grade plastic material has no resale market, and is therefore not collected for recycling in the City of Santa Cruz. So even if it has a recycling symbol such as a number in a triangle, this item should go in the trash.

Compostable Plastics

Do not recycle plastic containers labeled “compostable” because they are not recyclable. They will be contaminate the recyclable plastic if they do not get separated during the sorting process.


Do Not Reuse

Plastic takeout containers are made up of chemicals that may leach into your food if you use them more than once.

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.

Did You Know?

The Preferred Takeout Container

Out of all the types of takeout containers — aluminum, cardboard, wax-lined paperboard, plastic and foam — aluminum is the easiest for recycling plants to recycle, while foam is the most difficult.