Are Yogurt Containers Recyclable?
Yes, yogurt cups ARE recyclable, but they are not collected by most municipal curbside collections. Yogurt containers (in addition to hummus tubs and cream cheese containers) are made from plastic #5, also known as polypropylene. It costs more money to recycle polypropylene than other plastics so most utilities opt to skip recycling it altogether. If they do collect yogurt containers, they are melted down and mixed with other plastics to form "mixed plastics" and often shipped over seas.
Find a local recycling center that does accept yogurt cups and other #5 plastics at Earth911.org/recycling. You can also check out Preserve's "Gimme 5" program which collects and recycles yogurt containers at listed locations and by mail.
There are also numerous ways to reuse or "upcycle" your yogurt cups around the house and in craft projects:
- Drinking cups. (without a lid or cut an "X" in the top and insert a straw)
- Storage containers for small items such as screws, paper clips, etc.
- For paint cups (and water for water colors)
- Seed starting containers.
- Measuring cups. (an 8 ounce yogurt cup = 1 cup; 6 ounce yogurt cup = 3/4 cup)
- Molds for ice pops. (Just pour in some juice and popsicle stick!)
- A great stacking toy for babies and toddlers.
- Use as a circle stencil or cookie cutter.
- Sandbox toy.
- Use as a scoop for things like dog food or a big bag of flour.
Check out these great craft ideas at Artists Helping Children, including flower pots and many themed projects for different times of year.