Plastic Food Storage Containers


Consider Donation
If the item is still usable, please donate. Visit Athens’ Material Reuse page for ideas.

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.

Can It Be Recycled? Depends on the Number

Tupperware, Glad or other brand plastic food storage containers are made from different types of plastics and have different handling instructions. Look to see which number (from 1 to 7) the container has, and then recycle according to that number. Learn more about plastics #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6 and #7.

Don’t Reheat Food in Plastic

All plastics contain harmful chemicals that can leach into your food when they’re heated. Before reheating food in a microwave, transfer it from a plastic container to a plate or glass dish. Don’t put plastics in the dishwasher, which uses hot water and steam, wash them by hand with lukewarm water instead.

Ways to Reduce

Glass Tupperware

Glass and Ceramic Are the Best Options

Cut down on your plastic food storage containers by purchasing glass or ceramic food containers, which last longer than the plastic ones. Furthermore, glass and ceramic containers can be microwaved more safely than plastic containers, and you can put them in your dishwasher.

Buy Durable Plastic Containers

Buy plastic food containers that are durable instead of flimsy ones that will need to be thrown out soon after you buy them. Tupperware offers a lifetime guarantee and will replace broken or damaged items for free, and there’s also Sistema, which makes durable, BPA-free plastic food storage containers.

Did You Know?

Which Plastics Are Safest?

According to National Geographic’s The Green Guide, plastics #2, #4 and #5 are the safest for repeatedly storing your food. If you reuse items made from plastics #1, #3, #6 and #7 (some Tupperware products are made from #7), you run the risk of having toxic chemicals leach into the contents.