Can I Recycle ... ?
Each week we explain the recycling potential for an item that might be confusing. Because policies and recommendations can vary from city to city, each week we ask a sampling of officials from different municipalities to weigh in.
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Fast-food cups( Justin Sullian / Getty Images )
Cold drinks usually come in two types of cups at fast-food restaurants -- entirely plastic or paper coated with polyethylene. In Los Angeles, only cups that are 100% plastic can be recycled in the blue bin. Plastic-coated paper cups must go in the trash because they're considered a mixed material that can't be separated into component parts.
Burbank: Only cups that are entirely plastic
Long Beach: Only plastic marked with a recycling number
Los Angeles: Only plastic
Manhattan Beach: Both
Pasadena: Only plastic marked with a recycling number
Santa Barbara: Neither
Santa Monica: Both
Torrance: Only plastic marked with a recycling number
Unincorporated L.A.: Only plastic
West Hollywood: Both