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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Milk Cartons( Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times )
Coated paper drink cartons are not recyclable in the city of L.A. because they are a mixed commodity and more difficult for the city's recycling facilities to sell. They are, however, part of a pilot program along with Tetra Pak for possible inclusion in the blue bin program because "the landscape of new consumer products as well as new markets for what is recyclable is dynamic and ever changing," said Jimmy Tokeshi, public information officer for the city's Department of Public Works.
Long Beach? Yes (purple bin)
Santa Monica? Yes (blue bin)
Torrance? Yes (gray bin)