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What Can Be Recycled?

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Bottle and can redemption (CRV) is still closed until further notice.  Burbank residents may drop off their bottles and cans for regular recycling without CRV payment. 

Alternate redemption locations that are open:

  • West Side Metals, 6449 San Fernando Rd, Glendale 91201  M-F 8a-4:30p and Sat 8a-3p (closed Sunday)
  • Ponce Recycling (in front of Ralph’s,) 1100 San Fernando Blvd  91504; hours 9a-5p Mon-Sun.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. Please continue to check back for further updates.

Don't forget--detailed "answers at your disposal" regarding what is accepted in Burbank for recycling can be found on our new online search guide, Where it Goes.


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.

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.  

  1. What goes in the RECYCLING container?
  2. What does NOT go in the Recycling container?
  3. Burbank Recycle Center Recycling Drop Off--New hours starting on Tuesday, June 30th!
  4. Burbank Recycle Center Drop Zone:  Electronics and Universal Waste--New hours starting on Tuesday, June 30th!
  5. Los Angeles S.A.F.E. Collection Centers--CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE


Burbank Recycle Center Materials Accepted  latest version (7/25/19)

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What goes in the RECYCLING container?

blue_bag_noPlease 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


#1 are now limited to BOTTLES AND JARS ONLY!  No cups, take out or produce containers allowed.   

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 PLASTIC CAPS ON PLASTIC BOTTLES AND JARS! 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
  • #1 plastics other than bottles and jars (anything with a screw-on lid is recycled)
  • #3, #4, #6, or #7 plastics. (including black plastics)
  • Plastic Bags & film products  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)

  • 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: 

sharps waste painttankbatteries

Additional information on HHW can be found at the Burbank Recycle Center Drop Zone page and the S.A.F.E. Collection Center sections.


Burbank Recycle Center Facility DROP-OFF


The Burbank Recycle Center drop off and DROP ZONE (for electronics, bulbs, batteries, and used motor oil) will offer LIMITED service under Covid guidelines for Burbank residentsstarting Tuesday, June 30th.  Must show I.D. or proof of Burbank residency

New drop off hours and days:

  • 8 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday  (closed Sunday, Monday and holidays)

Bottle and can redemption (CRV) is still closed until further notice.  Burbank residents may drop off their bottles and can for regular recycling without CRV payment.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter. Please continue to check back for further updates.


RECYCLE CENTER DROP OFF Hours:  Tuesday - Saturday 8 AM - 4 PM (Starts Tuesday, June 30th)

Burbank residents only--must show I.D.  Face masks and social distancing are enforced.

1. 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

shredded paper w bag

Plastics: Large items like patio furniture or rigid plastics
No metal, wood, pvc, vinyl, expanded polystyrene (styrofoam)

(Note:  plastic bags and film products are no longer accepted at drop off)

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:  logo_1x bye byeBurbank Recycle Center offers free resident mattress drop-off but commercial drop off is suspended until futher notice.  Visit ByeBye for more information. Box springs, mattresses and futon mattresses only, no mattress toppers. For Bulky Item Pick-Up: (818)238-3805.


BOTTLE AND CANS REDEMPTION--CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE:  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.

  • Alternate redemption locations that are open:
    • West Side Metals, 6449 San Fernando Rd, Glendale 91201  M-F 8a-4:30p and Sat 8a-3p (closed Sunday)
    • Ponce Recycling (in front of Ralph’s,) 1100 San Fernando Blvd  91504; hours 9a-5p Mon-Sun.

Used Motor Oil and Antifreeze:  See Drop Zone section below.

3. DROP ZONE: Electronics & Universal Waste drop-off--limited drop off services under Covid guidelines beginning Tuesday, June 30 for Burbank Residents.  New hours:  Tuesday - Saturday 8a-4p



Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 8 AM - 4 PM   Closed Sunday, Monday and holidays

The following are accepted at the Drop Zone in limited quantities for BURBANK RESIDENTS (I.D. Required):

  • Used Oil & Antifreeze: Waste motor oil, antifreeze, and used oil filters but no payment until further notice

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. 

Parachute (tv)

Parachute (battery)
  • 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.


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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


  • 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).



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). 


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