Takeout Containers (Aluminum)

dirty aluminum tray

Clean Out Before Recycling

Aluminum containers should be scraped and washed out before they are put in the recycling. Food traces contaminate the recycling process.

Recycle the Cardboard Cover If Clean

If cardboard covers are clean, recycle them with other cardboard. If covers are part cardboard, part foil, put them in the garbage.

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.

Reusable Packaging For Businesses

Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether.

Ways to Reuse


Wash and Reuse

Avoid throwing away aluminum containers after one use. Wash and reuse them for cooking, baking and storing leftovers as much as you can.

Repurpose Aluminum Containers

Aluminum containers can be repurposed to store crafting materials or garage items. They can also be used as a tray or saucer to catch water from household plants.

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.