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Take Out Food Container

 Curbside Recyclable  Other Dropoff Locations  Trash  Compost
Take Out Food Container

Take-out food containers, including those made of aluminum, paper, plastic, or labeled as “compostable,” have different disposal options.

Aluminum take-out containers, if rinsed and reasonably clean, can be recycled in curbside recycling or at drop-off centers. Learn more here. 

Plastic take-out containers are generally made of low-value plastics, which are currently not accepted in curbside recycling or in bins at recycling drop-off centers. Learn more here. 

Paper take-out containers are generally coated with plastic, which means they are NOT recyclable. These containers should be thrown in the trash. Learn more here. 

Take-out containers labeled as “compostable” cannot be recycled, and should be composted in a commercial composting facility or thrown away. Learn options for their disposal here.

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.

Any recycler wishing to be added to this list may contact If you can’t find the answer to your question here, please call us at 970-221-6600