Let’s talk about Los Angeles recycling. The city of Angels is proud to report that they are collecting over 240,000 tons of recyclable material every year. In addition to that they also managed to collect 480,000 tons of yard trimmings. That’s a lot of mowed lawns. All of this recycled material is either picked up at your curbside in the blue bin or dropped off at one of the many mobile recycle centers. Los Angeles has done such a good job with the recycling program that they are on target to hit the state mandated goal of diverting 50% of garbage away from landfills. Additionally, they are also the number one city for recycling out of the 10 largest cities in the US. Definitely something to be proud about.
If you live in Los Angeles you’re probably very familiar with the blue container that is used for recycling by every homeowner. If you live in an apartment building you could make a special arrangement with your landlord to get included in the recycling process. All you have to do is ask. Although we are all familiar with what type of garbage can go into the blue bin there may be some items that you weren’t necessarily aware of or that you might not think about throwing into the garbage can.
Take for instance paper products. You can recycle anything that is a paper product including telephone books, newspapers and magazines. But you can also include cardboard products like cereal boxes, frozen food boxes, shoe boxes and detergent boxes. Basically if it is a box it can go into the bin. You could also throw in paper and toilet paper rolls. If you are putting boxes in it’s best to smash them down.
Anything you drink out of or unscrew with the lid can go into the recycle can as well. This includes all milk cartons, fruit juice boxes and soda cans. Speaking of cans you can also put all your canned goods into the recycle bin along with glass bottles and jars. The blue can will also take all of your plastic from shampoo bottles to yogurt containers to packing materials. One thing to keep in mind is that even though you’re recycling all of this garbage it still has to be sorted. That’s why if you have a food container or soda can you do a big favor to rinse it out first before you toss it. Those sorters on the line will certainly thank you.
If you’ve got a pile of recyclable material that might not fit into that blue garbage can then you might have to reach out and hire some professional junk haulers like Junk King Los Angeles. These are the guys who could show up with the big truck and move out all your major pieces of recyclable material like furniture, mattresses and electronic waste. Recycling only works when we all get involved. The more materials we can repurpose and reuse the better off our planet will become.