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At Metro Waste Systems, we strive to make recycling easy and convenient. 

Not every material is capable of being recycled, but some of the most commonly used items are also easily reusable. Some items, such as rechargeable batteries, contain dangerous materials that must be properly disposed of.   Some are more benign but nevertheless are beneficial to the environment when recycled.

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Items that are Recyclable:

  • Plastics - Turn the product over, look for the number inside the triangle.  Numbers 1-7 are recyclable.  Water bottles, yogurt containers, food containers.  Please make sure it's clean.
  • Paper and Cardboard -  Magazines, catalogs, newspaper, envelopes, sticky notes, file folders, cereal boxes, food boxes, shipping boxes, shoe boxes, are all examples.  Please break down boxes so that more recyclable material can fit in your bin.
  • Metals - Soda cans, food containers, soup or tuna cans
  • Glass - Glass bottles or jars.  If glass item is broken, please place it in a cardboard box next to the recycle bin so our workers will know to be careful.

Please make sure that all recycle items have been rinsed out, other wise they may not be accepted for recycling by the recycling center.  Make sure they are loose and not in bags.

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Items that are Not Recyclable:

Containers with food still in them CD's or DVD's
Plastic Bags Pet Waste
Styrofoam Motor Oil Bottles
Batteries Garden Hoses
Aerosol Cans Coat Hangers


If you have any questions about whether an item may be recyclable or not, please contact our friendly staff.  We are happy to answer any questions that you have.


Types of Recyclable Material
Steel
Steel is highly reciprocal. It is recycled more each year than every other material combined. The magnetic quality of steel means that it is easy to retrieve from construction debris or old appliances. According to the Department of Public Works in Los Angeles County, recycled steel saves resources, landfill space and enough energy to power 20 percent of U.S. households for one year. In addition, each ton of steel conserves 2,500 lbs. of ore, 1,400 lbs. of coal and 120 lbs. of limestone.
Plastic
Plastic is the material that comprises most bags, packaging and containers that are used today. Somewhere on the plastic is a marking intended to inform you about the kind of resin or resin mix that has been used. However, this does not mean that it is capable of being recycled. Only plastic labeled with a PET or HDPE marking can be recycled. Products with mixed materials, such as compact discs and videotapes, also cannot be recycled without being disassembled first.
Glass
All glass bottles are highly recyclable, but they cannot be mixed with other types of glass, such as mirrors, windows, light bulbs, glass tableware, Pyrex or auto glass. Clear glass is the most valuable; mixed glass is much harder to recycle. Most recycled glass is used in new glass containers and fiberglass.
Aluminum
Aluminum is used often in soft drink and beer cans. The Department of Public Works states that 3.7 million metric tons of aluminum were recycled in 1997. Most recovered aluminum can be used to manufacture new cans, which may return to the shelf in as few as 90 days after collection.
Paper
Most types of paper are capable of being recycled, including white office paper, newspapers, magazines, corrugated cardboard and phone books. Paper marked post-consumer means that it was made from material that people return to recycling centers. Some mixed paper, such as waxed paper, carbon paper, oil-soaked paper, tissues, fast food wrappers and stickers, cannot be recycled.

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