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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.

  1. Recyclables are collected each week on the same day as your trash. Carts must be out by 7 a.m.
  2. Use our online form to report any scavenging activities. 
  3. Bring carts in within 12 hours after they have been emptied.

Please DO Recycle:

Place these items in your recycling cart/bin:

  •  Paper:
    •  Examples include: Computer paper, mail, flyers, telephone books, notecards, newspaper, magazines, file folders, paper bags, catalogs, paper envelopes, including those with windows.
  • Cardboard:
    • Examples include: Cardboard and chipboard, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, dry food boxes, shoe boxes, detergent boxes.
  • Metals:
    • Examples include: All aluminum, tin, meat cans, soda cans, juice cans, soup cans, vegetable cans, pet food cans, pie tins, clean aluminum foil. 
    • Empty paint and aerosol cans (take tips off).
  • Glass bottles and jars:
    • Examples include: Soda bottles, wine bottles, beer bottles, sauce jars, pickle jars. Keep lids on.
  • Plastics: PETE 1 – Polyethylene Terephthalate
    • Examples include: Plastic soda, juice, water bottles. Keep lids on.
  • Plastics: HDPE 2 – High Density Polyethylene
    • Examples include: Milk jugs, laundry detergent, planters.
  • Plastics: PP 5 – Polypropylene
    • Examples include: Yogurt tubs, plastic tops, margarine tubs.

DO NOT Recycle:

Keep these items out of your recycling cart:

  • Plastic: PVC 3 – Polyvinyl Chloride
    • Examples include: Soft and flexible packaging such as plastic food wrapping, children’s toys, and teething rings.
  • Plastic: LDPE 4 – Low-Density Polyethylene
    • Examples include: Plastic bags, produce bags, shrink wrap, dry cleaner garment bags, plastic bags that package bread.
  • Plastic: PS 6 – Polystyrene
    • Examples include foam or rigid plastic #6: Cups, plates, take-out ‘clamshell’ food containers, egg cartons, cutlery/utensils, form packaging, packaging peanuts.
  • Plastic: Other 7 – Catch-all category for polycarbonate (PC), and other plastics 
    • Compostable plastics and any other type of plastic material that is not a #1-6 type of plastic.
  • Some Paper Products
    • Shredded paper, napkins, tissue, food soiled paper, and paper food packaging that is meant to be refrigerated such as frozen meal boxes.
  • Cartons
    • Examples include all refrigerated, shelf-stable, aseptic boxes and cartons, such as: Juice boxes and cartons, dairy and dairy alternative boxes and cartons, wine boxes, egg substitute cartons.
  • Porcelain and Ceramics
    • Examples include plates, mugs, containers, etc.
  • Yard waste
    • Yard waste should be bagged and disposed of in your trash cart/bin. As an alternative, the City of Long Beach provides free composting workshops.

** The chasing arrows symbol does not indicate if an item can be recycled in your curbside recycling cart in the City of Long Beach. The symbol only indicates the type of material the item is made from. Please use the list above for guidance on how to properly recycle in the City of Long Beach. 

For additional questions, email: LBrecycles@longbeach.gov