Plastic Utensils Put in Garbage Cart Too Small to Recycle Plastic utensils are too small to recycle. They will fall through cracks in sorting machinery. Toss them in the garbage. Ways to Reduce Pack Reusable Utensils Reduce plastic waste by packing a pair of to-go utensils for on-the-go meals. Metal or bamboo utensils such as To-Go Ware are best. Visit To-Go Ware’s online shop. Choose Reusable for Parties Provide guests with reusable utensils when entertaining. Dishes only need to be washed once, whereas plastic will be around long after we’re gone. Did You Know? Compostable Utensils: Not the Most Eco-Friendly of Them All? Out of all types of utensils — compostable, plastic and reusable — compostables are advertised as being the most eco-friendly. However, reusable utensils are still the front-runner because they last for so long and are easily recycled at the end of their life.