According to the EPA, REUSE and REDUCE are the most preferred methods(followed by recycling, composting, incineration, landfilling).



  • Reusing is more environmentally-responsible than
    recycling. Recycling requires energy, equipment, and other resources.
    Materials must be collected, transported, cleaned, sorted, and
    reprocessed in order to be converted into new products.

  • Reusable containers breed success: Providing consumers
    with a reusable polypropylene container has led to an increase in sales
    for companies such as Hillshire Farms, Butterball, Healthy Ones, and
    others. A large number of food processors have turned to reusable
    containers. Containers made of the same material as many food storage
    containers sold on department stores and supermarket shelves.

  • KFC Reusable Sides Container. 2010 Greener Package
    Award: Anchor Packaging designed and produced. The first quick-serve
    restaurant takeout container that has been specifically designed to be
    consumer-reusable, and made of the same materials as the leading food
    storage containers being sold on retail store shelves.

  • Consumers prefer reusable containers over recyclable or
    biodegradable containers. A large restaurant chain found through a
    series of consumer focus groups that their customers would rather reuse
    a container, instead of recycling.

  • Consumers have been found to re-use these containers for up to 6
  • Heat-tolerant. Polypropylene containers work in microwaves, under heat lamps, and in
    warming units up to 230 F. Most Biodegradable plastic products are not
    designed to be heat-tolerant.

  • Save Energy and Time.
    With microwavable, reusable polypropylene containers. Review the
    attached article for a Comparison of Microwave heating and Conventional Oven heating.

  • Durable and Leak-resistant.
    Heat and eat right from the container, without cutting, tearing, or

  • Dishwasher-safe. Clean up one container. Freezer to microwave to dishwasher to kitchen
    cabinet for use again.

And after a reusable

polypropylene takeout container

is reused a number of times, it may be eligible for recycling. To find a
recycling center near you, visit
www.earth911.com, and type in “#5” or “POLYPROPYLENE” and your “zip code” in the 2 search