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Single-Use Servingware

Single-Use Servingware

Single-use servingware should be disposed of in the trash.

Single-use servingware refers to paper & plastic plates, cups, bowls, napkins, straws, utensils, paper towels and other items used for eating that are designed to be thrown away after using.

Plastic utensils and plastic straws are not recyclable because there are no markets to recycle them.

Paper plates, cups, and bowls are coated in plastic, which allows them to hold liquids and food, but also renders them unrecyclable.

Paper napkins and paper towels are also not recyclable because they are meant to be wet and covered in food after being used. This moisture and food could cause a bale of paper waiting to be recycled to mold, ruining an entire bale of recyclable paper. Paper napkins and paper towels can be composted in commercial composting facilities. Contact residential compost companies to verify what items they can collect.

Single-use servingware labeled with a #7 PLA or as “compostable” should never be included in curbside recycling. Learn options for disposal here.

If seeking environmentally-preferable options, always choose reusable items. Consider bringing reusable utensils with you to avoid use of plastic ones. You can also bring a Tupperware-style container with you when eating out to take leftovers home.

Accepted At:

Location Contact Information Details  
Trash / Landfill

This item can be disposed of in the trash or landfill. Currently there are three residential curbside trash haulers in Fort Collins –  Ram Waste, Republic Services (Gallegos Sanitation) and Waste Management. Learn more about curbside trash service at

Other items accepted here


The information provided in this tool is compiled as a service to Fort Collins Residents. Contact information has been provided for the listed locations, and it is encouraged that you call ahead to verify the location, materials accepted, and hours of operation. Inclusion in this list is not an endorsement by the City of Fort Collins.

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