Recycl-“able” vs. Actually Recycled--Beware of exaggerated packaging claims!
Packaging often comes with false or misleading recyclability claims that don’t match local realities. This lack of clarity leads to “wishcycling” where non-recyclable items, such as chip bags, toys, packaging foam, or single-use coffee cups, are put in the blue cart with the "hope" that they’ll be recycled. Contamination (from both non-recyclables and dirty recyclables) adds cost for recycling operators and further decreases commodity value and profitability.
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Materials Accepted latest version (5/2/19)
You can reduce contamination by knowing what is truly recyclable in Burbank and how to prepare it for the cart. This can also help to look for packaging that will be recycled when shopping or dining out.
- What goes in the RECYCLING container?
- What does NOT go in the Recycling container?
- Burbank Recycle Center Recycling Drop Off
- Burbank Recycle Center Drop Zone: Electronics and Universal Waste
- Los Angeles S.A.F.E. Collection Centers
What goes in the RECYCLING container?
Please do not bag your recyclables--Keep "Em Loose (plastic bags are a problem for our operations)
Paper: Newspaper, Magazines, catalogs, phone books, office paper, envelopes (plastic window removed), junk mail, ads, cardboard (flattened), paper bags, paper back books, hard cover books (covers removed), etc...
Paper may not be plastic laminated, food soiled. or waxed
Metal: Aluminum, tin, or steel cans, including clean food containers and foil
Metal must be emptied and rinsed, all aerosol cans must be completely emptied of their contents before recycling. (Aerosol cans containing hazardous materials must go to a S.A.F.E. Collection Center)
Glass: Bottles and jars
Glass must be emptied and rinsed, no drinking glasses, ceramics, dishes, mirrors, window glass, or light bulbs
Plastic: Soda bottles, water bottles, detergent bottles, milk and water jugs, juice bottles, yogurt containers, cottage cheese containers, rigid (not foamed) plastic, plastics with the following symbols:
Accepted Plastic Container Guide
NOTE: The recycling symbol or plastic resin numbers are a guide, but market forces and local infrastructure capability determines true recyclability. Always, consult this site for the latest updates.
Plastic must be emptied and rinsed.
PLEASE LEAVE CAPS ON! Loose caps are not recycled and become litter.
What does NOT go in the RECYCLING container
1. BLACK BIN - -Due to recycling market limitations, these common items are TRASH and considered contaminants: (for batteries, electronics and used motor oil and anti-freeze, please scroll down to the Drop Zone section)
- Foam or Polystyrene
- #3, #6, or #7 plastics. (including black plastics)
- Plastic Bags Return bags to a participating retailer or reuse them
- Toys (donate when possible)
- Cartons (milk, juice, soup,etc.)
- "To-go" food containers (NOTE: Clean #5 are acceptable for recycling)
- "Clamshells" (#1 clear produce containers are not accepted)
- Coated paper
- Wrappers (snack food, etc.)
- Fabric (donate or repurpose)
- Paper beverage cups (plastic inside makes the paper non-recyclable)
Red or Blue plastic party cups (these are #6)
Red or Blue plastic party cups (these are #6)
- Empty, dried PAINT cans (cans with paint, see HHW tab on our homepage)
- Household glass (mirror, picture frame, glassware, etc.)
- Diapers and feminine products
- Small items (anything less than 2.5" in diameter)
- Meal kit packaging (except clean uncoated paper and cardboard)
Consider composting at home, but not allowed in the green or blue bins:
- Compostable plastics (bio plastics)
- Dirty paper or Cardboard Food soiled or wet
- Food scraps
2. GREEN BIN - -The following organic material goes in the GREEN CONTAINER only: (NO food scraps, compostable plastics or soiled paper products)
- Yard Trimmings (Consider composting at home)
- Grass clippings, leaves or plants
- Fruit from trees
3. SPECIAL DROP OFF - -The following are never allowed in recycling or trash and must be dropped off at a specific facility:
- Wood Products--No lumber, tree trimmings, furniture, etc.
- Tires or Rubber Materials--Check with local tire shops about used tire recycling
- Construction Items--Must be taken to a Construction and Demolition (C&D) recycling facility
- Household Hazardous Waste (HHW):Take HHW to a S.A.F.E. Collection Center
- NEEDLES--(put in red container and bring to CVS on Hollywood Way and Verdugo or LA S.A.F.E. Centers)
- Paint--(www.paintcare.org for paint drop off information)
- Tanks and canisters--(empty or non-empty)
- Batteries, light bulbs and used motor oil--(See Drop Zone section)
- Other Hazardous Materials--solvents, cleaning products, pool and garden chemicals, medicine, sharps/needles, thermostats, non-empty aerosol cans, etc.
Additional information on HHW can be found at the Burbank Recycle Center Drop Zone and the S.A.F.E. Collection Center sections.
Hours: Monday - Friday 8 AM - 5 PM: Saturday 8 AM - 4 PM
1. Paid Recycling:
BOTTLE AND CANS: The Burbank Recycle Center pays for beverage containers marked with the California Redemption Value (CRV). Beverage containers without CRV labeling are accepted for recycling without payment. For more information, call (818)276-0434.
Used Motor Oil and Antifreeze: See Drop Zone section for information
2. Free Recycling: All city bin and curbside carts (pick up) recyclables accepted, as well as the following:
Scrap Metal: Clean aluminum foil, foil food trays, hinges, metal sheets, aluminum doors, metal chairs, etc.
No wood or plastic attached to the metal please
Plastics: Large items like patio furniture or rigid plastics
No metal, wood, pvc, vinyl, expanded polystyrene (styrofoam)
Shredded Paper: Bagged only, clear bags preferred; loose shreds cause litter
Eyeglasses: Used eyeglasses, frames accepted Monday - Friday in the Hope Sustainability Center lobby; no eyeglass cases
Mattresses: Burbank Recycle Center offers free resident mattress drop-off; commercial drop-off is $6 per unit. Visit ByeBye Mattress.com for more information. Box spring mattresses only, nofoam, no mattress toppers. For Bulky Item Pick-Up: (818)238-3805.
3. DROP ZONE: Electronics & Universal Waste drop-off
Drop Zone electronic and oil collection is closed Saturday and Sunday--dropping off when closed is ILLEGAL DUMPING!
The following are accepted at the Drop Zone in limited quantities:
- Used Oil & Antifreeze: Waste motor oil, antifreeze, and used oil filters
Keep oil, filters, and antifreeze separated. Waste oil drop off is limited to 15 gallons per trip to the recycle center.(It is unlawful to transport more than 15 gallons of hazardous waste at a time) Oil cannot be mixed with dirt, water, solvents, gasoline, diesel, etc. The Burbank Recycle Center pays 10 cents per quart for used motor oil. If payment is desired, notify an attendant before emptying container.
Burbank ID required at the Drop Zone for the following:
- Toner Cartridges: Used printer & toner cartridges
- Household Batteries: Alkaline, rechargeable, etc. Please put in plastic bags and rechargeable
Limited to 10 lbs per resident, per yea
- Fluorescent Lights: Fluorescent tubes and compact fluorescent lights. Limited to 10 bulbs per resident, per year
- Electronic Waste: Computer equipment, VCR's, DVD players, phones, televisions, microwaves, etc. Limited to 100 lbs per resident per year.
Los Angeles S.A.F.E. Collection Centers
Hours: Sat. & Sun. 9 AM - 3 PM
- 4600 Colorado Blvd, Los Angeles 90039
- 11025 Randall St, Los Angeles 91352
Dropping off electronics, motor oil and batteries at the Burbank Recycle Center when the Drop Zone is closed is ILLEGAL DUMPING. Yet, there are weekend options--the Los Angeles S.A.F.E. Collection Center.
Burbank residents that need weekend drop off should take these items to the S.A.F.E. Collection Centers. These facilities also take a broader list of materials, including PAINT, as well as NEEDLES (in required red medical waste containers or clearly marked large capped detergent bottles prominently marked "NEEDLES").
The follow items are NOT accepted. Please call their 24-hour Customer Care Center at 1-800-773-2489 for assistance in disposing of these items.
- Marine flares
- Smoke Detectors
- LED Lights
- Business/commercial wastes (see CESQG)
- Ammunition, firecrackers and explosives
- Radioactive materials and medical/biological wastes
- Tires, and bulky items such as furniture and large appliances
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:
- Fire Extinguishers
- Oxygen tanks/cylinders
- Acetylene tanks/cylinders
- ALL other compressed gas tanks/cylinders (EXCEPT propane tanks, butane tanks, MAPP gas tanks, and helium tanks).
BUSINESS OPTIONS:Businesses are NOT allowed to drop off at a S.A.F.E. Collection Center and must call (213) 485-2260 to schedule special drop off. Businesses are charged a fee.
S.A.F.E. Centers are operated by the City of Los Angeles, LA Sanitation. LA Sanitation Rules and Regulations apply. Anyone who violates the rules may be rejected.
For more information: visit S.A.F.E. Collection Centers or contact the LA Sanitation Call Center at (800) 773-CITY(2489).