Takeout Containers (Cardboard) Put in Organics Bin Cardboard takeout containers soiled with food or grease can be placed in your Organics (green) bin and turned into compost. Do the Scratch Test Shiny cardboard boxes can be recycled, while wax-coated takeout boxes cannot. To identify a wax-coated box, scratch the cardboard and see if the wax comes off. If the wax comes off, throw it out. Compost Dirty Containers Soiled cardboard takeout containers can be composted in your backyard. Find out more about how to compost cardboard from Gardening Know How. Ways to Reduce Bring Your Own To-Go Container When dining out, bring a reusable to-go container so that you can bring leftovers home sustainably. Reusable Packaging For Businesses Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether. Did You Know? The Preferred Takeout Container Out of all the types of takeout containers — aluminum, cardboard, wax-lined paperboard, plastic and foam — aluminum is the easiest for recycling plants to recycle, while foam is the most difficult.