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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Car seats( Bruno Vincent / Getty Images )
Car seats can be recycled by Los Angeles residents in their blue bins. Although car seats are constructed from different types of materials, including plastic, metal, foam and fabric, and the city usually does not accept items made of mixed materials, car seats are 90% plastic by weight. That makes them valuable. L.A. sends the car seats to a reprocessor that dismantles them into their component parts and recycles the plastics and metals.
Culver City: No.
Glendale: Yes, but only through bulk bin pickup.
Long Beach: No.
Los Angeles: Yes.
Manhattan Beach: Only the plastic base.
Santa Barbara: Yes, if metal or plastic.
Santa Monica: No.