If your curbside recycling program accepts paperboard boxes from things like frozen dinners, you might wonder if the paper bowl or tray inside is also recyclable. The reality is, even if the paperboard insert is recyclable, you should not put it in your recycling bin because residual oils from the food make the paperboard totally contaminated. Even thoroughly washing it isn't enough to make it recyclable, because the oils soak into the fibers of the container. Flatten and recycle the outer box, but toss the inner components into the trash.
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