Pizza Boxes

Put in Garbage

Only clean pizza boxes can be recycled with cardboard; always remember to cut away soiled portions of the pizza box.

Residents may recycle cardboard at the following locations:

Twelve Bridges Library
485 Twelve Bridges Drive 
Drop Off Area: Back Parking Lot
Map & Directions
(916) 434-2410

Joiner Park
Map & Directions
Drop Off Area: Main Parking Lot

If the container is full, please do not leave cardboard on the ground. If cardboard containers are full, city residents are asked to recycle cardboard at the Western Placer Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) at no cost. 

Soiled Pizza Box

Cut Away Soiled Portions

Any part of the pizza box soiled by food residue or grease is not recyclable and can contaminate other clean paper and cardboard. A clean pizza box can be recycled with cardboard, so cut away all soiled portions, or just recycle the top half.

Frozen Pizza Boxes Can’t Be Recycled

Frozen pizza box aren’t recyclable because they have a wax coating that contaminates paper recycling. Find out more.

Did You Know?

The Cost of Recycling the Pizza Box

Greasy pizza boxes contaminate clean recycling and are expensive for the recycling industry: it’s estimated that contamination costs recyclers $700 million per year, because of damaged machinery, the cost of disposing of non-recyclable materials and wasted time.

What Came Before Pizza Boxes?

Around two-thirds of all pizzas are delivered in pizza boxes. Pizzas first came in wax-lined paper bags just like pies. Between World War I and World War II, they started coming in boxes made from corrugated cardboard.