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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Polystyrene peanuts and containers( Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times )
Styrofoam, also known as expanded polystyrene, is a type of plastic that can be injected, extruded or blow molded. It comes in different forms, from pellets to peanuts to food containers, all of which can be recycled through L.A.'s blue bin.
Styrofoam beads and peanuts must be put in plastic bags before being placed in the recycling bin because they are so light they will fly out of the bin when it's lifted into the collection truck. The city recommends reuse as a first option for peanuts; many pack-and-ship companies accept the donation of clean and dry packing peanuts for reuse.
Arcadia: Beads and peanuts, no. Food containers, yes, if clean
Culver City: No
Long Beach: Beads and peanuts, no. Food containers, yes, if clean
Santa Ana: No
Santa Monica: No
Torrance: Beads and peanuts, no. Food containers, yes, if clean