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Is the Pringles container recyclable?

dagwood Jun 22, 2009 02:05 PM

My son loves Pringles and goes through about a container a week.

The container (the cylindrical can that resembles a tennis ball can) seems like it should be recyclable, but I can't find any evidence that it is on the package. It seems to be made of cardboard, but has metal on the ends, so I'm not even sure if I'd put it in with my paper or my cans and bottles.

In these parts, the half-gallon containers used for milk, juice, etc., and also juice boxes, are recycled with cans and bottles as well.

Does anyone know?

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  1. Caralien RE: dagwood Jun 22, 2009 02:12 PM

    No according to the website (which was a surprise as it appears to be cardboard):


    "Is the Pringles can recyclable?
    I'm glad to hear you share our interest in recycling! While our Pringles can isn't recyclable, 50% of the package comes from recycled material. In fact, 15% actually comes from the recycling efforts of people like you and me! You may find it interesting to know we have a team assigned specifically to environmental issues and one of their goals is to help reduce solid waste."

    This seems odd. I would take a can opener and remove the ends then toss the cardboard in with paper and the metal parts in the plastic/metal/glass bin.

    1. enbell RE: dagwood Jun 22, 2009 02:16 PM

      This made me curious as well! According to Western Recycling in Boise, the answer is, "No," due to the dual materials that comprise the package.

      ETA: I think we made kaliedascopes one year back in grade school if you're looking for ideas on reusing.

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        maria lorraine RE: enbell Jun 22, 2009 09:27 PM

        There's a whole list of science projects that are made with Pringles cans.

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          Sparklebright RE: enbell Jul 10, 2012 05:06 AM

          They are also a great container to put cutlery in when we go camping.

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            latindancer RE: Sparklebright Jul 10, 2012 08:05 AM

            Wow what a great idea.
            Thanks for the tip.

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              HillJ RE: Sparklebright Jul 10, 2012 08:17 AM

              We store the long fireplace matches, sharp skewers for the grill, camping cutlery, bar tools and craft supplies in emptied Pringles cans.

              I've never recycled one though. Our town won't take them.

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                Veggo RE: HillJ Jul 10, 2012 08:48 AM

                They are of course re-usable, but they are not recyclable. Fiber that has a high content (over 2%) of glue, wax, or foil is landfill- bound.

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            Philly Ray RE: dagwood Jun 22, 2009 02:58 PM

            I thought the container was made from the same stuff they use to stamp out the chips.

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              TampaAurora RE: dagwood Jun 22, 2009 03:21 PM

              Not recyclable but useful for many classroom projects. Donate them to a local elementary school or daycare center.

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                Greyghost RE: dagwood Jun 22, 2009 03:50 PM

                I'm with TA, Why would anyone want to recycle a Pringles can? They are very useful for all kinds of sundry storage Why anyone would want to eat Pringles is a different question. The can is pretty good though and almost worth the price. I suppose one could feed the product to the birds or something and then be ecologically correct.

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                  OneJayneDoe RE: dagwood Jun 23, 2009 07:30 AM

                  I wash the interior of the can very carefully and decorate the outside, then fill it with cookies to give to hubby as a crush free snack container for his back back.

                  1. sd4life RE: dagwood Jun 23, 2009 10:18 PM

                    Just to be funny....It takes me about 20 minutes to go through a can of Original Pringles.
                    Note to self: buy more Pringles tomorrow.

                    1. Sooeygun RE: dagwood Jun 24, 2009 05:20 AM

                      Depends on where you live. They are recyclable where I live (Toronto). I just checked my recycling list and it lists this type of container. But then here we don't have to sort our recycling either, so the whole bin is filled more than one type of material.

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                        John Manzo RE: Sooeygun Jul 3, 2009 07:41 PM

                        No sorting in Calgary either, but "mixed materials" are verboten. They give the example of frozen juice containers. So I don't think sorting is the issue- most bluebox programs in NA don't require it.

                      2. tracylee RE: dagwood Jun 24, 2009 10:15 AM

                        My mom uses one every year to send almost-bloomed daffodils to my sister in Denver, wrapping the flower stems in damp paper towels.

                        1. Karl S RE: dagwood Jun 26, 2009 02:47 PM

                          Hint: Buy Lay's Stax instead - they are better, and you can recycle the container easily...

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                            lovetocookPEI RE: dagwood May 5, 2012 01:49 PM

                            Not sure about the container but the cover perfectly fits little glasses I have in my cupboard. Good for teeny leftovers.

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                              okie2190 RE: dagwood May 15, 2014 10:50 PM

                              I use mine for pasta. Perfect size for spaghetti and I can see which noodle I have in it. I also store home made jerky in them.

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