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Recycle Takeout Containers

April 30, 2013
If you are looking for a Rapid City SD dining experience in the comfort of your own home, Shooters Wood Fire Grill offers carry-out so you can enjoy your favorite meal without the preparation.

The convenience of food delivery and carry-out is fitting for our fast paced lifestyles. At the end of a long day, cooking a meal can seem a bit daunting. Kicking up your feet and enjoying a dinner prepared by someone else is relaxing and enjoyable. Before tossing those take-out containers into the bin, consider upcycling or recycling them into something useful and creative.

It's not easy being green. Remaining eco-friendly in today's instant gratification culture challenges us to remain green in an ever evolving society. Takeout food is no different. Our culture demands efficiency, convenience, and the taste of a delicious meal inside a clever little box. However, there are useful ways you can recycle takeout containers into beneficial, everyday useable items. 

Recycle takeout containers using these fun and thrifty ideas:


Going on a camping trip or a weekend road trip? Save leftover to-go condiment packets, napkins and silverware and pack them with some lunch and hit the road.

Coffee Grounds

Hold coffee grounds separately from compost for a slug deterrent in the garden.

Real Doggie Bags

Going on a day trip with your pup? Your furry friend might get hungry. Fill a takeout container with some dog food and hit the road. Your dog will thank you later.

Paint Trays

If you need to save your paint over night, there's no better option than plastic, sealable takeout containers.

Food Storage

Plastic takeout containers make wonderful Tupperware containers. Collect them and whenever you have a dinner party, send guest's home with leftovers in a fancy take out box.


Desks become easily cluttered with random objects. Save the takeout container you have from an office lunch and divide essential items from the random items floating in your drawers with clean takeout containers

Scoops and Buckets

Use plastic, round containers as a beneficial scoop. You can use this especially when portioning pet food. Pack it in your beach bags and use it as a base building supply for sandcastles. Or use them as a rinse bucket when shampooing your baby's hair.


Plastic, paper, and Styrofoam containers make beneficial planters. Simply poke holes in the bottom for water drainage before planting.
[caption id="attachment_73" align="alignnone" width="276"]Recycle takeout containers into planters. They are small, convenient, and are even perfect for herbs. Recycle takeout containers into planters. They are small, convenient, and are even perfect for herbs.[/caption]
Containers are great for storing beads, paints, costume jewelry, or sewing supplies. A clean takeout box makes great storage for crafty folks; perfect for storing children's crayons, chalk, markers and stickers as well. Paint and decorate containers and reuse as fun piggy bank containers to keep in the kid's room.

Seed Starting Tray

Seed starting trays can be expensive, especially when you need several to start up your garden and flower beds. Styrofoam takeout containers make wonderful seed starting trays.

Being environmentally conscious takes creativity and time along with a personal desire to continue and maintain a green movement. The next time you venture for carry-out, remember there are clever ways to reuse the containers.

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