How to dispose of just about anything, responsibly.
These items are taken to a recycling facility where they are sorted by material, then sold to manufacturers to make new products.
wine, beer, soda
broken bottles and jars
no other types of glass accepted
Use due caution
mail & office paper
fliers, letters, printer paper,
holiday cards, envelopes,
phone books, paperback books
Shredding paper is cool for security, but it makes paper less valuable for recycling.
Only when in a paper bag marked 'shredded paper' or a transparent plastic bag.
Loose shredded paper is forbidden.
wrapping paper, tissue
paper, gift bags (with
no metallic or glittery paper
Greeting cards and envelopes
no metallic or glittery cards
(aka: Post It® notes)
milk, juice, broth, soy,
wine, juice boxes, etc.
No grease or food bits
shoe boxes, gift boxes
cereal, pasta, frozen food, snack boxes, etc.
separate the liners and recycle those separately
toilet paper, paper towel, gift wrap, etc.
cardboard egg crates
plastic bottles & jugs
(#1, #2, #5)
milk and juice jugs
yogurt, margarine etc.
beer, soda, etc.
coffee, soup, vegetables, pet food, etc.
aluminum foil and trays
keep food crusted foil out
must be completely empty so they don't
explode during recycling
Note that only raw, unprepared fruit and vegetables are accepted in the green bin. Not accepted: cooked foods, meats, coffee grounds, and fruit peels, etc. Your green bin contents are made into compost and which is used in parks across the City.
Must be uncooked and whole.
Pits, seeds and rinds are not accepted.
plants, flowers, leaves, brush
These items contain hazardous substances and cannot be disposed of curbside. Safe disposal is provided for each.
The City of Los Angeles provides these additional curbside services.
Compost your tree!
Remove the stand and ornaments and place your tree next to your bin for pickup.
This stuff goes straight to the landfills. Please reduce or re-use these items whenever possible.
except for fresh fruits and vegetables which go in the yard bin
VHS & cassette tapes
disposable coffee cups
fast food cups, lids, straws
drink glasses, crystal, Pyrex®, ceramics, windows
incandescent light bulbs
(fluorescent light bulbs cannot be disposed of curbside, please see orange section below).
potato chip bags, candy bar wrappers, coffee bags, etc. with plastic on the outside and foil on the inside.
oily or food crusted paper
oily or food crusted cardboard
TIP: tear off the greasy parts and recycle the rest
pet food bags
all biodegradeable and compostable plastics, including utensils
all disposable diapers
paper cups, lids, and cardboard sleeves
polystyrene & styrofoam®
colored and clear
Please donate if they're in usable condition