Recycling contamination is when non-recyclable materials are placed in the blue recycling bin, preventing the entire collected load from being recycled properly. One of the easiest ways to prevent contamination is to ensure that all materials placed in the blue bin are clean and dry. It’s also helpful to understand what can and cannot be recycled in the City of Los Angeles.
All clean dry paper, including:
All cardboard boxes and chipboard, including:
All refrigerated, shelf-stable, aseptic packaging, including:
All aluminum, tin, metal, and bi-metal cans, wiped out if possible, including:
All glass bottles and jars, wiped out if possible, including:
All clean and empty plastic numbers 1, 2, and 5 including:
Here's a sneak peek of the new bin label stickers, coming soon to a blue bin near you!
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.
Glass (the following items should be placed inside the black bin):
These miscellaneous materials may have special handling requirements so please contact the LASAN Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489 for information on how to dispose of such items.
E-waste is accepted at the curbside by special appointment (contact our Call Center) or by drop-off at S.A.F.E. Centers and Mobile Collection Events.
Household hazardous waste (HHW) can be taken to our S.A.F.E. Centers and Mobile Collection Events.