Re-Using Plastic Beneful Dog Food Containers

February 15, 2011 Seven comments View all articles in Re-Use-It

If you regularly purchase Beneful Prepared Meals for your dog(s), you've probably been throwing away those empty plastic containers all this time. That's understandable, since most containers used for pet food storage are made from type 7 plastic and are, therefore, nonrecyclable. But we've put together a list of some of the ways you can re-use those containers and effectively reduce landfill waste with each one rescued from the garbage.


Beneful Qtips

Don't forget to remove all labels from each container you plan on re-using and be sure to wash and dry them. Your kids can then decorate them with markers or paint, or you can just label them with a Sharpie yourself.

  • Having trouble finding space for that jumbo box of Q-tips? Put them in several of these containers to save space under your bathroom sink. Make sure to keep them in a handy spot so you'll be able to easily grab one when packing for a trip.
  • Have surplus board game parts, dice, or puzzle pieces? Keep them all in one place in one of these containers.
  • Fill with water and put in the freezer to make super-sized ice cubes for the cooler.
  • Have several of these empty containers stored around the house? Give them to your kids to play with during bath time.
  • Keep several in your home office to store stamps, staples, pushpins, paperclips, rubber bands, whiteout, business cards, etc.
  • Fill with a few adhesive bandages, some gauze, antibacterial ointment, tape, and a travel size over-the-counter pain reliever for a handy roadside first aid kit.
  • Use one or several to keep smaller cosmetics like eye shadow and lipstick organized.
  • Forget the flimsy cardboard box that always goes missing or falls apart; store some of yourBeneful Home Office kids' crayons in one of these sturdy plastic containers instead. They're the perfect size for keeping in a purse or diaper bag, so your kids never have to be without coloring supplies!
  • Use to hold hair accessories such as barrettes, bobby pins, and ponytail elastics.
  • Hold your easily-lost sewing supplies like bobbins, spare thread, needles, pins, buttons, and thimbles.
  • Have a collection of spare keys to old homes, bike locks, cars, or family members' various dwellings? Use one of these containers to keep them safe and in one location.
  • Store in a kitchen drawer or cabinet to collect twist ties and bread bag clips so you can use them again.
  • Keep in the shed or greenhouse to collect garden seed packets.
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  • Keep one in the garage to store easy-to-lose items like screws, nails, or bolts.
  • Use to store your kids' craft supplies such as beads, stickers, glitter, and confetti.
  • Keep in your car's glove compartment or center console to contain loose change.


Yvette on May 19, 2012 at 6:36 p.m.

I have saved these since the day I began buying the food for my Buster. I use them for left overs, snacks, etc. I love these containers and a friend of mine loved them also because of their size. So I send her home with a few.

Emiy on July 16, 2015 at 10:31 a.m.

I was thinking of seeing whether my granddaughters' teachers could use them. Can you think of a holiday present that could be made from them?

YLF on Feb. 22, 2016 at 9:34 a.m.

Wondering if the Beneful containers have BPA in the plastic. If so they are not safe for the dog food or anything else. BPA messes with the Endocrine system of pets and humans.

Brett on Feb. 9, 2017 at 2:10 p.m.

I love them in my garage-- have a rack using these boxes for sorting/storing nails, screws, fassteners. I NEED MORE OF THE BOXES!!

Peter on Dec. 4, 2017 at 3:21 p.m.

Are they microwave safe for heating leftovers?

Richard Sherer on June 5, 2018 at 7:24 p.m.

I drill 2 holes in the bottom and start seeds in them under lights. I string lids on bailing twine with some CD's to ward off deer from gardens

Janet on July 8, 2018 at 9:54 p.m.

Need ideas to use the plastic containers to make other items ....not just for storage.

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