Recyclable Materials

Today as I was working on some paperwork a wonderful news cast came up, “What Is and Wasn’t Recyclable.” So I thought to myself this would be a great topic for my first official blog post. I live in Southern California and while many here in SoCal don’t take recycling quite a serious as other cities, I certainly do. I make a point to separate everything out, I know it takes time but it is worth the reward of knowing that I made an impact today. Even if it is only a small tinny tiny bit, it is still an impact. So What is and What isn’t Recyclable? Here is a list of the WHAT’S and WHAT NOT’S for Long Beach, California.


Aluminum, steel and tin cans
Includes cans for soda, soup, beer, beans, fruit or vegetables or any other can that is made of aluminum, steel or tin.

Beverage containers
Includes bottles for water, milk, soft drinks, wine, beer or any other bottle that is made of plastic or glass. Please include caps.

Includes boxes used for moving and shipping or any other box made of corrugated cardboard.

Empty paint and aerosol cans
Be sure these cans are empty and dry.

Film plastic
Includes bags for groceries or dry cleaning.

Glass jars
Includes jars for jams or jelly, spaghetti sauce, olive oil, pickles, preserves or any other jar made of glass.

Mixed paper
Includes paper used for junk mail, catalogs, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, milk cartons, telephone books, magazines, juice boxes, newspapers or paper used for computer printing.

Plastic containers (#1 through #7)
Includes containers for peanut butter, mayonnaise, shampoo, yogurt, margarine, CDs or any other plastic container marked with the #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 on the bottom. Please include lids.

Clean polystyrene (Styrofoam®)
Includes Styrofoam® cups, containers and packaging, such as eggshell cartons, block packing and clamshells. Styrofoam® packaging peanuts are not recyclable, but they are reusable.




Cans or bottles with poisonous contents
Includes containers for pesticides and insecticides.

Disposable diapers

Fast food containers
Includes pizza boxes or other containers soiled with grease.

Glass in forms other than bottles or jars
Includes glass used for windows, pyrex, light bulbs, mirrors, plates or cups.

Paper in thin form or soiled
Includes paper used for pets, tissues, paper towels or napkins.

Polystyrene peanuts
Styrofoam® packaging peanuts are not recyclable, but they are reusable. Many mailing and packaging stores accept donations.

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