How much trash?
Did you know that the average Long Beach resident throws away 4.5 pounds of trash each day? That’s 1,642 pounds of trash per year from every man, woman and child in our city! Long Beach Recycles is a program within the Public Works Environmental Services Bureau (ESB) that strives to cut down on waste by helping residents, visitors, schools and businesses reduce, reuse and recycle. They also provide free and easy ways to properly dispose of special waste items that can’t go in the trash, such as household hazardous waste (HHW), electronics and more.
What can be recycled?
Place these items in your purple recycling cart:
Aluminum, steel and tin cans
Includes cans for soda, soup, beer, beans, fruit or vegetables or any other can that is made of aluminum, steel or tin. Please rinse and place lid inside before recycling.
Includes bottles for water, milk, soft drinks, wine, beer or any other bottle made of plastic or glass. Please rinse and place caps back on containers before recycling.
Includes boxes used for moving and shipping or any other box made of cardboard or boxboard. Please flatten boxes before recycling.
Empty paint and aerosol cans
Be sure these cans are empty and dry.
Includes jars for jams or jelly, spaghetti sauce, olive oil, pickles, preserves or any other jars made of glass. Please rinse and place lids back on containers before recycling.
Includes paper cartons for milk, soy milk, creamer, juice, wine, soup, broth, egg substitutes and juice boxes. Please remove straws. Please rinse and place caps back on containers before recycling.
Includes paper used for junk mail, catalogs, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, milk cartons, telephone books, magazines, newspapers or paper used for computer printing.
Plastic containers (#1 through #7)
Includes 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. Please rinse and place lids and caps back on containers before recycling.