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Recycling Guidelines

Residents of single-family homes, small apartment/condominium buildings, or business that are serviced by the City, can recycle by using City-provided recycling carts/bins.

  • Recyclables are collected each week on the same day as your trash. To prevent scavenging, place carts out in the morning by 7 a.m.
  • Use our online form to report any scavenging activities. 
  • Bring carts in within 12 hours after they have been emptied.

Please DO Recycle:

Place these items in your recycling cart/bin:

  • Aluminum, steel and tin cans
    Includes any can made of aluminum, steel, or tin. Rinse and place lid inside before recycling.
  • Beverage containers
    Includes bottles for water, milk, soft drinks, wine, beer or any other bottle made of plastic or glass. Rinse and place caps back on containers before recycling.
  • Cardboard
    Includes any box made of cardboard or boxboard. Flatten boxes before recycling.
  • Empty paint and aerosol cans
    These cans must be empty and dry.
  • Glass bottles and jars
    Includes bottles and jars for wine, beer, jam, spaghetti sauce, olive oil, pickles, preserves and other bottles and jars made of glass that are for food preservation. Rinse and place lids back on containers before recycling.
  • Paper Cartons
    Includes cartons for milk, soy milk, creamer, juice, wine, soup, broth, egg substitutes and juice boxes. Remove straws, rinse and place caps back on containers before recycling.
  • Mixed paper
    Includes paper from junk mail, catalogs, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, milk cartons, telephone books, magazines, newspapers or paper used for computer printing.
  • Mixed plastic containers (#1 through #7)
    Includes plastic bottles, containers for peanut butter, mayonnaise, yogurt, margarine, shampoo or any other plastic container marked with the #1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 on the bottom. Rinse and place lids and caps back on containers before recycling.

DO NOT Recycle:

Keep these items out of your recycling cart:

  • Cans or bottles with poisonous contents
    Includes containers for pesticides and insecticides -Link to HW Pages
  • Electronics, Paint, Batteries, and other Household Hazardous Waste
  • Disposable diapers 
  • Food soiled fast food containers
  • Glass in forms other than bottles or jars
    Includes glass used for windows, Pyrex, light bulbs, mirrors, plates or cups.
  • Tissue paper and soiled paper
    Includes paper used for pets, tissues, paper towel, napkins, dirty paper plates, and greasy pizza boxes.
  • Polystyrene Peanuts
    Styrofoam® packaging peanuts are not recyclable, but they are reusable. Many mailing and packaging stores accept donations.
  • Yard waste
    Yard waste should be disposed of in your trash cart/bin. As an alternative, the City of Long Beach provides free composting workshops.

For additional questions, email: LBrecycles@longbeach.gov

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