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Packaging Related to Serving Food

This information helps stewards report using the correct material categories. If you require further assistance determining which category is right for your materials, please use the Materials Tool.

For Recycle BC stewards:

COMMON PRODUCTS

COMPONENTS

TYPICAL WERECYCLE MATERIAL SUBCATEGORIES

REPORTING TIPS

Sandwich packaging

 

Wrapper

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Paper Laminates
  • Other Aluminum Packaging

 

Box

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
 

French fry holder

N/A

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Paper Laminates

 

 

Cold food containers and platters (for salads, popcorn, sushi, etc.)

Container

  • PET Thermoform Containers < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • Other Aluminum Packaging
  • Other Steel Containers and Packaging - Non-Beverage

 

Lid

  • PET Thermoform Containers < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
 
Hot food containers (for buckets of chicken, soup, fried rice, Chinese food, etc.) Container
  • Paper Laminates
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • PET Thermoform Containers <5 Litres - Non-Beverage
  • PLA, PHA, PHB - Non-Beverage
  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene - Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging <5 Litres - Non-Beverage
  • Expanded Polystyrene - Food Packaging
  • Other Aluminum Packaging
 
Lid
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • PET Thermoform Containers < 5 Litres - Non-Beverage
  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene - Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging <5 Litres - Non-Beverage
 

 Pizza packaging

 

Pizza box

  • Corrugated Cardboard

 

Pizza slice holder

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
 
Protective paper
  • Paper Laminates
 

Pizza ‘table’ (inside pizza box to keep lid off pizza)

  • Other Plastic Packaging < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene - Other
 

 Soft-serve ice cream

 

Paper wrap around ice cream cone

  • Paper Laminates

 

Ice cream cup

  • Paper Laminates
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • PET Thermoform Containers < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
  • Expanded Polystyrene – Food Packaging
 

Lids

  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene- Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres- Non-Beverage
 

Baked goods

Bag

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Kraft Paper Bags - Point of Sale
  • Paper Laminates

Report laminated Kraft bags as Paper Laminates

Box

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
 

Dressing and condiment packaging

Cup

  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging < 5 Litres- Non-Beverage

 

Lid
  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene - Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) <5 Litres - Non-Beverage
 

Peel

  • Other Aluminum Packaging
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
 

Packet

  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
 

Salt, pepper and sugar packets

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
 

Food delivery packaging

 

Protective Seal

  • Paper Laminates
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Plastic Laminates - Non-Beverage

Recycle BC: learn more about the responsible party for service packaging

Receipt

  • Other Printed Materials
 
Take out menus
  • Other Printed Materials
 
Promotional coupons / contests
  • Other Printed Materials
 

Delivery Bag

  • Kraft Paper Bags - Point of Sale
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • LDPE or HDPE Film - Carry Out Bags
  • PLA, PHA, PHB - Carry Out Bags
  • Natural and Synthetic Textiles
  • Plastic Laminates - Non-Beverage
Report Natural and Synthetic Textiles in Ontario only. 

Utensils packaging

Chopstick wrapper

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
Recycle BC: plastic utensils are designated Single-Use Products and must be included in your steward report along with any packaging associated with these products. Learn more.

Plastic cutlery wrapper

  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging

Toy packaging

Toy wrap

  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage

 

Instructions

  • Other Printed Materials
  • Newsprint (inserts and circulars)
  • Other Newsprint – Non-CNA/OCNA Members
 

Fortune cookie wrapping

Wrapper

  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage

 

Fortune

  • Other Printed Materials
 

Carry-out bags, carry-out trays, molded fibreboard beverage trays for multiple food or beverage items

N/A
  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Carry-Out Bags
  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • Kraft Paper Bags - Point of Sale
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Paper Laminates
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage

Report laminated Kraft bags as Paper Laminates

Recycle BC: learn more about the responsible party for service packaging

Carry-out trays

N/A

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Corrugated Cardboard

Recycle BC: learn more about the responsible party for service packaging

Carry-out bags: plastic

N/A

  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Carry-Out Bags
  • LDPE or HDPE Film - Carry-Out Bags
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage

Recycle BC: learn more about the responsible party for service packaging

Carry out bags: Paper

N/A

  • Kraft Paper Bags - Point of Sale
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Paper Laminates

Report laminated Kraft bags as Paper Laminates

Recycle BC: learn more about the responsible party for service packaging

Fillable beverage cups (i.e. for hot and cold coffee, soda fountain)

Cup

  • Paper Laminates
  • Expanded Polystyrene – Food Packaging
  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
  • PET Thermoform Containers <5 Litres – Non-Beverage
 

Lid

  • Non-Expanded Polystyrene – Other
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
 

Straw Wrapper

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • LDPE or HDPE Film
  • PLA, PHA, PHB – Plastic Film
  • Plastic Laminates – Non-Beverage
 

Straw, Stir Stick

  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage

Recycle BC: both the straw and the wrapper are designated Single-Use Products. Learn more.  

MMSW, MMSM and Stewardship Ontario: do not report the straw itself.

Spill Stick

  • Other Plastic Packaging (not listed above) < 5 Litres – Non-Beverage
 

Sleeve

  • Corrugated Cardboard
  • Boxboard and Other Paper Packaging
 

 

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