Frozen Food Trays


Clear or white frozen food trays made from #1, #2, or #5 plastic are highly recycable.

Black plastic (made from any resin type) is hard to sort and is undesirable for recycling.

Athens Services accepts in their recycling most #1-7 plastics.
Some plastics are highly recyclable, including #1 bottles and clamshells, and #2 and #5 containers. Other plastics might be acceptable in the recycling containers, but may not have a market to be recycled.

To identify your products’ plastic type, look for the resin number inside the chasing arrows, usually located on the bottom of the item. The recycling symbol does not indicate if the product is recyclable or not.


Recycle Only the Tray

Remove the plastic film from the microwavable tray before recycling the tray. The film cover on the trays cannot be recycled.


Clean Before Recycling

Before you recycle your microwavable tray, scrape or rinse out any remaining food. Food contaminates recycling.

Ways to Reduce


Make Your Own Frozen Meals

Consider making your own frozen meals at home. It’s easy and can save you money. You can make a little extra of your favorite meals each time you cook or make entire batches to freeze. Follow these tips for best results.

Did You Know?

Frozen Food Trays: Now More Eco-Friendly

Recycled plastic can now be used to make frozen food trays. ConAgra Foods and Associated Packaging Technologies partnered to use a new technology that cleans recycled plastic. Before this technology was available, regulations limited companies like ConAgra to using only new plastic for food trays.