Clear plastic clamshells containers.

From grocery stores to farmers' markets, it's hard to avoid these clear plastic clamshells - they’re everywhere! Made from PET, these plastic packages often can't be recycled because they get contaminated either with food or during the single stream the recycling process.

Why use Ridwell?

We work directly with PET recyclers who specialize in clamshell containers. By collecting directly from our members, we can avoid any contamination that may occur in a mixed recycling bin, and ensure that your clamshells get a new life.

Your clamshells and trays are washed, reprocessed, and turned into FDA Food Grade materials to be used again in new clamshells and trays. This process leaves a minimal carbon footprint and helps create a circular world by turning recycled clamshells into new clamshells over and over, instead of winding up in our landfills, or worse... in the oceans, lakes, and rivers!

How it works


Check if clear plastic clamshells are available in your area

You can confirm this information via our clamshell service area FAQ post.


Collect your clear #1 PET plastic

Use the blue bag provided by Ridwell to collect your clear #1 PET plastic between pickups.


Get your clamshells ready for pickup

Plastic Plus and Unlimited members: Go ahead and leave your blue bag of clamshells by your bin for pickup!

Classic members: Add clamshells to your pickup from your member dashboard for a small add-on fee, then leave your blue bag by your bin for pickup.

This category includes:

While what we take in this category varies by city, here is what is generally included.

#1 PET clear takeout containers

Clear plastic only, labels okay

#1 PET fruit and berry containers

Clear plastic only, labels okay

#1 PET deli containers

Clear plastic only, labels okay

#1 PET salad containers

Clear plastic only, labels okay

#1 PET egg cartons

Clear plastic only, labels okay

#1 PET plastic cookie trays

Clear plastic only

#1 PET plastic herb containers

Clear plastic only, labels okay

Our partners

We work with local partners to bring new life to your stuff. From community reuse to grassroots recycling, we make sure it stays out of the landfill.

Every organization in our partner network is dedicated to reducing waste and making a meaningful contribution to our communities. Learn more about how we vet our partners and what partners we work with in your area on our blog.

Join the movement to build a future without waste.