What can you put in the Blue Recycling bins?
The Bureau of Sanitation issues blue containers for recycling. The following are items that can be placed in the recycling container:
- Contaminated Paper
- Broken Glass
- Other Plastic
- Miscellaneous Materials
- Hazardous Materials
- All Clean Dry Paper
computer, ledger, wrapping, arts and craft paper, unwanted mail,
flyers, telephone books, note cards, newspaper, blueprints,
magazines, file folders, paper bags, Post-it notes, catalogs; and all
envelopes including those with windows
- All Cardboard Boxes and Chipboard
cereal, tissue, dry food, frozen food, shoe, and detergent boxes;
paper and toilet rolls; and corrugated boxes broken down and
- All Aluminum, Tin, Metal, and Bi-Metal Cans
rinsed if possible, soda, juice, soup, vegetables, and pet food cans;
pie tins; clean aluminum foils; empty paint and aerosol cans with
plastic caps removed, and wire hangers
- All Glass Bottles and Jars
rinsed if possible, soda, wine, beer, spaghetti sauce, pickle jars,
broken bottles, and etc.
- All Clean Plastics 1 Through 7
- Empty Plastic Containers
rinsed if possible, soda, juice, detergent, bleach, shampoo, lotion, mouthwash, dishwashing liquid bottles, milk jugs, tubs for
margarine and yogurt, plastic planters, food and blister packaging,
rigid clamshell packaging, etc.
- All Plastic Bags and All Film Bags
grocery bags and dry cleaner bags, and all clean film plastic
- All Clean Polystyrene (Styrofoam®)
Styrofoam® cups, containers, and packaging such as Styrofoam® egg shell cartons, Styrofoam® block packaging, and Styrofoam® clamshell packaging
- Miscellaneous Plastics
Plastic coat hangers, non-electric plastic toys, plastic swimming
pools, & plastic laundry baskets
DO NOT RECYCLE THESE ITEMS
If these items are placed in the blue container, there’s a likelihood of contaminating the other clean materials. Please ensure that the items placed in the blue container are clean and free from contaminants.
all soiled papers or bags with oils and food waste
window glass, mirror glass, auto glass, light bulbs, fluorescent lights and ceramics
plastic hygienic items, any electric or battery operated toys
coated milk cartons, electrical cords, cloth/fabric, appliances, mini blinds, kitchen utensils, lawn furniture, garden hoses, rubber tires, construction materials, including asphalt or concrete, wood and wood products
electronics, syringes, all partially filled aerosol cans and containers for cleaning fluids, automotive fluids, all batteries (including car batteries, household batteries, rechargeable batteries), pesticides, oil based paint, garden chemicals, and pool cleaners Hazardous Materials may be taken to our SAFE Centers and Collection Events.
Do you live in a Multi-Family building and would like to receive free recycling services?
The City of Los Angeles provides eligible multifamily residential buildings with FREE recycling services. Multifamily residential buildings, such as apartments, townhomes, cooperatives and condominiums must have a minimum of 5 attached residential units. Multifamily residential properties participating in the program, receive the following:
FREE recycling services once a week
FREE blue bins for storage of recyclables
FREE educational materials for residents about the types of materials accepted in blue bins
CONVENIENT SERVICE which does not require tenants, managers or owners to take the blue bins to the street for service