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Omaha Recycling Guide

Plastic Takeout Containers

Some Restrictions Apply

PL Plastic Takeout Container Black

ACCEPTED: Empty, Clean Plastics #1, #2, #3, or #5

Place EMPTY and CLEAN all-plastic takeout containers marked #1, #2, #3, or #5 in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container.

  • Rinse to remove all food residue
  • Keep items loose and do not bag
PL Plastic Takeout Container Black

NOT ACCEPTED: Plastics #4, #6, #7, or Unmarked Plastics

DO NOT place plastic containers made from #4, #6, #7, or unmarked plastics in a City of Omaha curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container. Place these types of containers in the garbage if you cannot use an alternative option.

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Where Else Could It Go?

EMPTY and CLEAN plastic takeout containers, plastic cups, and other serveware made from #4, #6, #7, or unmarked plastics can be placed in an orange Hefty® EnergyBag®.

FirstStar Recycling offers a special program to collect hard-to-recycle plastics in our community. To participate, you can purchase orange Hefty® EnergyBags®, which will be collected through your existing curbside and drop-off site services. When filled with accepted materials and tied shut, the bright orange Hefty® EnergyBag® is the ONLY bag that can be placed in a curbside recycling cart or drop-off site container. Learn more about the local Hefty® EnergyBag® program:

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Did You Know

Plastic takeout containers are NOT designed for reuse. They can contain chemicals that may leach into your food if you wash and reuse them. Recycle your empty and clean plastic containers marked #1, #2, #3, or #5, or discard takeout containers in the garbage.

Tip: Some containers may look like plastic, but are labeled "Certified Compostable." Compostable products are NOT recyclable and should be placed in the garbage, or composted through a paid program at an industrial-composting facility, such as Hillside Solutions.

Hillside Solutions