Takeout Containers (Cardboard)

Trash Container Organics (Food and Yard) Container

 100% fiber-based takeout containers are allowed with green waste collection (no plastic liner) .  

Fiber-based takeout containers. These containers must be 100% fiber-based and have no liner, coating, or filler that is made from petroleum plastic, bioplastic, or wax. Looks like molded fiber with a matte finish.

Any fiber containers with a plastic liner is trash.


  • Bioplastic takeout containers (aka “compostable plastic”). Looks and feels like plastic, but made from plants.
  • Paper takeout containers with a liner. These have a liner made from bioplastic, petroleum plastic, or wax. The outside looks like paper and the inside has a glossy liner.

Plant-based (bioplastic) takeout containers are not accepted in the green cart (organics) since it is not compatible with our composting facility partner.  The addition of bioplastic, wax, petroleum plastic, and/or food residue are considered contaminants. 


Consider Reuse

  • For leftovers, bring resuable containers with you or keep extras in your car.
  • To avoid recieving a takeout container when picking up food, order for onsite dining, then transfer contents to a reusable container.

Compost Dirty Containers

Soiled cardboard takeout containers can be composted in your backyard. Find out more about how to compost cardboard from Gardening Know How.

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.