America Recycles Day is November 15

On America Recycles Day, the Los Angeles Board of Public Works thanked Angelenos for their partnership with LA Sanitation and support of the City’s Residential Curbside Blue Bin Recycling Program. The City services 750,000 single family dwellings (530,000 single-family and 220,000 buildings up to four units) with Black (trash), Blue (recyclables) and Green (yard trimmings) collection bins in addition to a Brown (horse manure) bin and Bulky Item Collection Program. The City also provides bulky item collection to more than 540,000 multifamily units (dwellings with five or more units) as well as a Multifamily Residential Recycling Program to more than 420,000 units. In fiscal year 2012-13, the total tonnage generated in the City was roughly 10 million tons. 
“Our recycling tips focus on a few simple practices that will help improve the recyclability of materials collected from the City’s Blue Bin Recycling Program,” said Kevin James, president of the Board of Public Works. “The key tips are for residents to place “clean” and “empty” recyclables in the blue recycling bins and to place trash items made up of any mixed materials in the black bin.”
Clean and empty recyclables accepted in the blue bins are:
Plastics #1-7
Styrofoam™ and other expanded polystyrene; and Cartons.
Items that should be placed in the black bin include:
Food/Organics (food or grease stuck on boxes and containers)
Liquids (partially empty cans, bottles, cartons); and
Mixed Materials (e.g. toys made of plastic, metal and/or electronic components)
Other items mistakenly placed in Los Angeles blue bins include compostable goods such as picnic utensils, dirt stuck on or left in plastic pots, and worn out clothes or rags, which should be placed in the black trash bin. All electronics, household hazardous waste (HHW), and expired medications should be taken to a S.A.F.E. (Solvents, Automotive, Flammables, Electronics) Center or an HHW mobile collection event. For more information about LA Sanitation services and proper recycling and disposal, call (800) 773-2489 or visit LA Sanitation

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