Recycling Information

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What to Recycle in Manhattan Beach

Recycle plastic

All plastics labeled #1 through #7, including Styrofoam (PET, HDPE and #3 through #7, including plastic toys, water bottles and containers)

No Hoses, pool covers, soiled polystyrene food containers.

Plastic bags are best recycled in bulk - please return them to your local grocery store or reuse them as trash can liners or pet waste bags.

Recycle glass

All colors of food and beverage containers

No ceramics, glassware, mirrors, or window panes

Recycle metal

All aluminum, tin cans, steel, bi-metal food cans, and clean aluminum foil

No pots, pans or non-aluminum hub caps

Recycle paper

All newspaper, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, bubble mailers, ledger and computer paper, corrugated cardboard, phone books, cereal-type boxes, milk cartons and juice boxes (aseptic packaging, Tetra Pak and waxed cardboard)

No clothing or rags (clothing can be donated to a local reuse store like Goodwill)

Hazardous Waste, such as chemicals, paint, batteries, electronics, and fluorescent bulbs are too toxic for any curbside carts and require special disposal methods. 
Click here to view the city's Hazardous Waste Disposal page and learn about the convenient disposal and recycling options available to Manhattan Beach residents. 

Recycling Tips:

  • Keep in mind that although something may be recyclable, it may not be at the end of its useful life.  Reuse and donate items before disposing them for recycling or the landfill.  Hold a swapping party with your friends and family, take items to the Manhattan Beach Goodwill located at 1145 Artesia Boulevard, or visit the city's Donate Used Goods page for more information.
  • It is best to place your recyclables out the morning of pick-up, this will help prevent scavengers (NOTE: Scavenging is illegal in the City of Manhattan Beach.  If you see scavenging taking place, please contact the Manhattan Beach Police Department with the location, description, and any license plate number of the vehicle he/she may be using.). 
  • Items are most recyclable if they are dry and clean; no need to scrub jars and cans, but a quick rinse or swipe with a washrag is helpful.  Some folks wonder if using water to give a jar a quick rinse before recycling offsets the good of recycling the material.  Keep in mind that manufacturing virgin material relies on many resources such as water and that the process to recycle a material back into market is far less cumbersome on resources.
  • Cardboard boxes are gladly accepted, please flatten them first.
  • If you still have some single-use plastic bags in your cupboard, reuse them as small trash can liners or to pick up pet waste on a walk (pet waste goes in the gray cart, the trash).  You can take them back to a local grocery store for recycling or bundle them all in one bag - tie it up - and place in your blue recycling cart.  Plastic bags are easiest recycled in bulk.
  • If your recyclables exceed your container size please place the excess in plastic or paper bags and set next to your recycling container - do not place the extra bags too close to your trash container or they may be recognized as excess trash. Notify Waste Management that you will have additional recycling set out for collection at (310) 830-7100. 
  • Resident tip: some residents who have a significant amount of recyclables choose to place their trash and recycling containers on opposite sides of the driveway to ensure proper identification. 
  • For additional FREE blue recycling containers call Waste Management at (310) 830-7100.
  • If you have bulky-items that are too big for the container, contact Waste Management to schedule a FREE bulky-item pickup.