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Food Containers FAQs

Food Containers FAQ

Can you put hot food in a plastic container? 

You can put hot food in a plastic container, but it is best to wait for your food to cool slightly before moving it into a plastic container. Storing food in a plastic container is safe, but you shouldn’t reheat food in plastic containers in the microwave. This can cause toxins from the plastic to contaminate the food. 

 

When should you throw out plastic containers?

There are a few things that you should look out for when it comes to deciding whether a plastic container has had its day. You should probably think about throwing out a plastic container if they: 

  • Are more than 10 years old

  • Can’t find the lid (where do they all disappear to?)

  • It has a smell (even after being washed)

  • It has stains that you can’t remove 

  • Physical damage including splits and cracks to the plastic 

 

Which plastics are food safe? 

There are many food-grade plastics and plastic that should never be used with food and here is a guide as to which plastics are food safe and which ones aren’t. 

Plastics safe for food 

Plastics not safe for food

  • Polyester (PET)
  • Nylons with additives (Oilon or Mos2)
  • Natural Grade Nylon 6 & 6.6 
  • PVC
  • Acetal
  • Polystyrene
  • UHMWPE
  • Regen (recycled) UHMWPE
  • Polypropylene
  • Acrylic
  • PVDF
  • Polycarbonate 
  • PEEKPTFE
 

 

Do plastic containers expire? 

Plastic containers can last a long time and if cared for correctly, they can store goods for years. If the plastic of the container is split, cracked or stained, then it is time to get rid of your trust container and buy a new one. As a typical rule, you should keep your plastic containers for around 10 years before discarding them. 

 

How do you dispose of plastic containers? 

Plastic containers cannot be put in your recycling bin, so how do you recycle plastic containers? There are ways around this, don’t worry! You could find an alternative recycling skip and a quick search online will bring up locations close to you where you can recycle your plastic container easily.


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