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Recycle Plastics, Paper, Tires and More...Resource List

Recycling resources lists in California...

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Sources for Recycling Used Materials and Products

Finding a home for used materials can be a challenge. We found more than 300 companies in Los Angeles County that accept a widely varying, yet by company -- very specific -- set of materials. Another consideration is what these companies DO with the material they collect. Some ship them to China or other distant lands where the recycling laws are not very environmentally -- or people-friendly. If this concerns you, always ask the recycling company what they use the material for, where it goes when it leaves their facility.

Smart Business Recycling Program

The County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works publishes a Smart Business Recycling list of companies.

A search for "Glass" Found 91 companies in the SoCal Area

Scavenger Hunt!

Here's an idea...conduct a waste scavenger hunt for a half day employee program! Have everyone identify waste that could be recycled and have a team dedicated to finding the best home for these materials by searching on the Internet. Demonstrate how to reduce waste, reuse some materials...and properly recycle the remainder.

Implement a couple key SYSTEMS for future savings! Example: paper recycling boxes that are picked up by a nearby recycling company.

There's nothing like experience to create new habits!

Other Categories include:

green waste
hazardous waste

Search by Recycling Material at LADPW

Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County

Access to disposal sites has become specialized. A search engine (Google or Yahoo) search for your County or City "sanitation district" can help you find locations, fees, recycling information etc. specific to your closest facilities. And closer is always better! :-)

Solid Waste information for Unincorporated areas of Los Angeles information is at this URL

Materials Exchange

The Los Angeles County Materials Exchange Program (LACoMAX) is a materials exchange web site operated by the Department of Public Works that features updated listings of available and wanted materials within Los Angeles County that would otherwise be discarded. There is no charge to list materials on the site, and items can be offered free of charge or for sale. Listings are updated frequently on this site.

The California Materials Exchange (CalMAX) is a statewide materials exchange operated by the California Integrated Waste Management Board. There is no charge to list materials that you want to donate, sell, or acquire on this materials exchange board. For more information, contact CalMAX by email at or toll free by phone at (877) 520-9703 (CalMAX)

California Plastic Recycling Network

The California Plastic Recycling Network provides a list of companies that will buy/sell used plastic in the following plastic material categories. Most of the companies listed in the categories I checked ship the recycled materials to China... That's another topic!

PET Recycling
HDPE Recycling
Vinyl Recycling
LDPE Recycling
PP Polypropylene Recycling
PS Polystyrene Recycling
Other Plastics Recycling

Tips for Waste Management

  • Dispose of your own waste properly and spread the word to friends and neighbors that illegal dumping is a crime.
  • Contact your waste hauler for bulky item or special item pickup information.
  • Do not transport unsecured debris in the back of a vehicle. Always use a tarp or other type of cover.
  • Support cleanup of vacant lots and other sites commonly used for illegal dumping.
  • Take your used motor oil and other household hazardous waste to proper collection facilities. Call 1-888-CLEAN LA for disposal facility locations.
If you know of other good linklists of recycling resources in California, please let us know: email carolyn (at)

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