Tupperware containers are a common household item for storing food and other items. However, when it comes time to dispose of them, many people wonder if they can be recycled. The answer is yes, in many cases, but it’s important to choose the right path for each specific item. This section will explore the two main options for recycling Tupperware containers: recycling locally and using TerraCycle.
Thicker plastic is easier to recycle, and it’s important to know what type of plastic Tupperware is made from to determine if it’s recyclable. The bottom of the container should have a Mobius loop or universal recycling symbol with a number, usually #4 (low-density polyethylene) or #5 (polypropylene). Local recycling facilities may have different guidelines for what types of plastic they can handle, so it’s important to do research and check with the facility.
In general, #1 (PET/PETE) and #2 (HDPE) plastics are recyclable, while #3 (PVC) and #6 (PS) plastics cannot be recycled. #4 (LDPE) and #5 (PP) plastics can be recycled, but may require drop-off at a specific location or may not be accepted in curbside bins in rural areas. If the local recycling center cannot handle plastic Tupperware, TerraCycle is a company that specializes in recycling tough-to-recycle products.
TerraCycle accepts plastic food storage that cannot be recycled locally and can properly process it. Some manufacturers fund recycling programs through TerraCycle, allowing consumers to recycle their items at no cost. The Plastic Packaging Zero Waste Box accepts all types of rigid and flexible plastic except foamed and biodegradable plastic and PLA, which is usually used for 3D printing.
For non-plastic food storage, such as aluminum or glass containers, they can be sent to a thrift store or recycling facility when no longer needed. Proper disposal and recycling of Tupperware and other food containers can help reduce waste and promote eco-friendly practices.