This tip comes from Metro's
Recycle or Not
campaign. The new featured item is plastic takeout containers.
When you’re done enjoying your takeout food or drink, keep the plastic container it came in out of your recycling bin. These containers belong in the trash.
Ideas to reduce waste
While you can’t put plastic takeout containers in the recycling bin, you can find ways to use fewer of them. To reduce waste, bring a reusable cup with you when you go out. Keep it someplace convenient, like your car or your bag. Then, when getting a drink to go, ask to use your own cup.
Since plastic takeout containers are usually used just once, they result in a lot of extra waste. If you’re not in a rush, you may want to consider eating in. Eating in instead of taking out even once or twice a month will help reduce waste.
One exception to the rule
Just about every plastic takeout container belongs in the trash—but there is one exception. The only plastic takeout container that goes in your recycling bin is the round, clear container that hold things like soup. Go ahead and recycle this container (but not its lid)!
Recycle or Not
Recycling can be confusing. For help recycling right, check out
and @recycleornot on Instagram. Recycle or Not is a handy resource for sorting items known to be confusing to local recyclers. Check the lists on the website, and then head to Instagram to ask recycling experts for help sorting your items. (For recycling help in Spanish, check out
and @reciclarono on Instagram.) It won’t take long, but it will make a difference for the environment.
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