At Great Notion, we know that as much as we love beer, there is no escaping the truth that our industry produces a lot of single-use waste. That’s why it’s important to us to mitigate our environmental impact as much as we can. We use recyclable, compostable, and post-consumer materials in our packaging whenever possible. Here’s a quick guide to help you dispose of those materials responsibly.


GN cans are made from aluminum, so you can rinse them out and put them in your recycling bin for curbside collection. Easy peasy!


The same goes for all cardboard. Our shipping boxes and flats can all be broken down and recycled alongside the rest of your paper waste.


Glass bottles go in the glass bin, and make sure to give them a good rinse first.

Metal bottle caps and cages can be recycled, but the small size can sometimes cause problems with the sorting machines. Make sure to collect them in another larger metal container before tossing them in the recycling bin!

Paktech Handles

Paktech handles may be plastic, but they are made from 100% post-consumer waste. They can’t be recycled curbside, but you can return any Paktech handles to our collection bin at the NW taproom. We return them to the company, and they are then reprocessed into new items. Not in Portland? You can find a collection site in your area here.

To-Go Containers

All to-go food containers from our kitchens are made from bioplastics and other compostable materials. You don’t want to toss these in your backyard compost heap, but if you have access to commercial compost collection, you can dispose of them that way. These containers cannot be recycled, so you will need to simply trash them if you can’t compost them.

Ice Packs

Ice packs are trickier to dispose of at home, but you can cut them open and squeeze the gel into the garbage. Rinse and dry the plastic pouch, which can be recycled wherever plastic bags are collected. Plastic bags and film should not go in your recycling bin.

Click for more information on recycling in Portland and Seattle, but if you are in another city, a quick Google search can also direct you to recycling guidelines in your area!