I have a paper-based take-out container from a restaurant take-home meal:

bottom of container

The inside is lined with some waterproof coating. I can't tell if it is wax or plastic.

"Please recycle this container", it says. Would it be OK to recycle it as paper along with the usual curbside recycling? Or should I treat it like a Tetra Pak container? Or maybe I could toss it in the city compost?

(Location is Vancouver, Canada, if it makes a difference.)

  • Possible duplicate of Where can I recycle #81 composite materials?, but sadly so far there are no good answers on that question. It probably depends on whether it is wax or plastic. Perhaps the restaurant in question, or your local recycling center has the answer? – THelper Nov 13 '14 at 11:51
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    Definitely a good question for the restaurant. If they are true proponents of recycling, they will know where and how. – Steve Nov 25 '14 at 15:40

Since there is no such thing as #8, #81 composite paper/plastic can only be recycled by separating the plastic from the paper, and in the U.S., many recycling companies accept this material, but I was unable to find out the method that they use, if they even use one. However, Canada may have different regulations, and I would doubt that the material is accepted for recycling.

Look here for the different materials:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recycling_codes

  • I've seen different reports of what resin code nr 8 means; wikipedia says #8 means lead-acid battery. On this forum it has been suggested that some manufacturers may just use it improperly, or that #8 is a general recycling symbol. However, the latter seems incorrect and is probably a misinterpretation of this site where the 8th logo happens to be a general recycling logo without a number. – THelper Nov 28 '14 at 9:33
  • BTW, the picture supplied by the OP does say #8 – THelper Nov 28 '14 at 9:38
  • According to wikipedia's list and Canada's list of recycling identifiers, there is no #8. – Andrew Lalis Nov 28 '14 at 12:22
  • The wikipedia link in your post clearly mentions "#8 Lead - Lead–acid battery". – THelper Nov 28 '14 at 12:56

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