Frequently Asked Questions
Is the packaging used for Tillamook products recyclable?
Currently, the packaging for our yogurt, sour cream, and cream cheese spreads is a recyclable polypropylene material. The plastic tray that houses the components of our Tillamook Cheeseboards is a #1 PET recyclable material, and the sleeve is recyclable as well (although please note the plastic seal is not recyclable). Additionally, our butter boxes and ice cream sandwich boxes are made of a recyclable material. For all of these products, we recommend checking your local recycling program guidelines to ensure they'd be accepted.
Our cheese packaging is not recyclable at this time. Depending on the cut (i.e. loaf, shredded, sliced, snack, etc) it is wrapped in either hi-barrier plastic shrink bags or hayssen roll stock films. This packaging material protects the product and prevents mold and moisture loss, which in turn helps reduce post-consumer waste to landfill. Plastic also reduces the risk of foodborne illnesses. Packaging plays an important role in protecting food from damage and contamination, and extends the useful life of food items on the retail shelf and at home, thus potentially reducing wasted food and its environmental impacts.
Our Premium and Special Batch Ice Cream containers are not recyclable, because they have a wax coating which helps prevent the container from getting wet and losing its shape over time in the freezer.
We regularly monitor updates on the recycling market, and our packaging engineers are currently and continuously monitoring opportunities for material reduction during the R&D process. Additionally, they are also looking into incorporating Post Consumer Recycled Content, increasing reusability, and exploring compostable options.