JAN 2023 UPDATE: LA is composting! Place all food scraps and food-soiled paper in your Green Bin, along with yard waste!
Empty all containers, no food or liquids allowed.
Flatten cardboard boxes to save space.
Recycle the items below only, keep random stuff out.
These items are transported to a recycling facility where they are sorted by material, then sold to manufacturers to make new products.
(ex: pickle jars, jelly, jams, etc.)
Broken jars are okay to recycle too.
(ex: wine, beer, soda)
Broken bottles are okay to recycle too.
(ex: fliers, letters, printer paper, postcards, envelopes, etc)
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.
No metallic or glittery paper.
No metallic or glittery cards.
(aka: Post It® notes)
Attach them to a larger piece of paper to help them make it through the recycling process.
ex: milk, juice, broth, soy,
wine, juice boxes, etc.
ex: cereal, pasta, frozen food, snack boxes, etc.
Remove any interior bags/liners and trash those.
ex: toilet paper, paper towel, gift wrap, etc.
ex: water, soda pop, shampoo, liquid soap, detergent, etc.
(#1, #2, #5)
ex: milk, juice, detergent, fabric softener, kitty litter
ex: berries, snacks, sandwiches, salads
ex: yogurt, margarine, cottage cheese, etc.
ex: beer, soda pop, sparkling water, etc.
ex: coffee, soup, vegetables, pet food, etc.
Collect clean aluminum foil in a ball and recycle it once it's bigger than a tennis ball.
Must be completely empty so they don't
explode during recycling.
Plastic bags can recycled at local retailers. Look for the recycling kiosk at the store front.
Styrofoam is no longer accepted for recycling and is banned across Los Angeles.
Food scraps and food-soiled paper are now accepted along with yard waste in the green bin! The contents of the green bin will be turned into compost. Compost is used by farmers to grow food, which is why it's so important to keep plastic, glass, and metal out.
ex: vegetable, meat, dairy, shells, etc.
Remove all stickers, bands, and ties.
cooked and raw
ex: meat, vegetables, nuts, bones, spoiled or stale food, etc.
Compost the greasy parts and recycle the rest.
Under 4' long, 4" wide.
Parchment paper, fast food bags, etc.
Grease-free paper should be recycled.
No stumps/limbs over 4′ long, 4″ wide; no soil
Untreated, unpainted, wood under 4’ long and 4” wide
No plastics are accepted including biodegradable and compostable plastics
These items contain hazardous substances and cannot be disposed of curbside. Safe disposal is provided for each.
This stuff goes straight to the landfills. Please reduce or re-use these items whenever possible.
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.
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
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.