What Packaging Can Be Recycled?

The recycle logo that is surrounded by discarded items that are recyclable

One of the questions we always hear from our clients and the general public is what packaging can be recycled? Keeping up with what is safe to recycle can be tricky, but Pioneer Packaging is here to help. Here are some materials that you can recycle:

  1. Paper
  2. Cardboard
  3. Bubble Wrap
  4. Glass
  5. Biodegradable Alternatives


Paper is not only recyclable, but it is also reusable and biodegradable. It’s not uncommon for companies to use recycled paper when developing sustainable products.


Corrugated boxes are designed to be recycled. They can be recycled 5-7 times and are fairly easy to dispose of; thanks to Americans’ accessibility to curbside and/or recycling drop-off centers.

Certain Plastics

While not all plastics are recycle friendly, there are quite a few that are. Some common items include yogurt containers, plastic utensils, takeout containers, soda bottles, and Bubble Wrap. These items must be free of debris before considered recyclable, so giving each a quick rinse is suggested.


Glass bottles and jars are 100% recyclable and can be recycled repeatedly without any loss in purity or quality. According to The Glass Packaging Institute, annually, 3.35 million tons of recycled glass are remelted and repurposed for use for new containers and fiberglass products.

Biodegradable Alternatives

Due to high demand, there has been a call for companies to use more sustainable designs in their products. Packaging has now integrated more eco-friendly materials into its components. You can find a variety of alternatives now for styrofoam, plastics, and many other non-recyclable materials.

Become Recyclable with Pioneer Packaging

No matter what industry you are in, there are many packaging options to choose from. At Pioneer Packaging, we can provide you with several recyclable packaging options so your consumers can rest easy knowing they are being environmentally sustainable. Contact us today to learn more!

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