Tossing Takeout Containers — Garbage or Recycling? Email Ordering takeout from time to time during the COVID-19 pandemic is a great way to eat your favorite food while supporting local restaurants. You will, however, end up with a few containers that need to be disposed of properly. Here’s a simple guide on how to dispose of each type of takeout container. Plastic Containers #1, #2 or #5 >> Put In Recycling Plastic Containers #6 >> Put In Landfill Cart Aluminum Containers >> Rinse and Put In Recycling Cardboard Containers >> Put in Compost Cart Foam Containers >> Put In Landfill Cart Pizza Boxes >> Put in Compost Cart Need to dispose of plastic bags, plastic utensils or other items not listed above? Check out our handy Recycling Guide.