Removing Labels for Recycling

Updated: Sep 4

  • Step One: Try and remove the label by pulling and scraping from the corners. Attempt to remove the top layer of the label.

  • Step Two: Grab some old cooking oil and wipe a small amount over the top of the label and about half an inch around the outside of the label.

  • Let sit for a few hours (overnight works best).

  • Step Three: Wipe the label away. By this time most of the label should be loosened.

  • Step Four: Move Grease around on the plastic to coat the remaining bits of the label.

  • Step Five: Wipe away and rinse.


Lane County Waste Management specialists provide tips on how to remove labels from plastic containers for recycling.


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