Can I Recycle ... Teflon pans?


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In Los Angeles, cooking pans, no matter what metal they’re made of and coated with, can be recycled in the city’s blue bin. The pans are recycled through a scrap metaler. Pan handles, made from plastic or other materials, are disassembled at the scrap metal processing center.

Because policies and recommendations can vary from city to city, each week we ask a sampling of officials from various municipalities to weigh in. Keep reading to find out if cooking pans can be recycled in ...


Arcadia: No
Burbank: Not curbside, but they can be recycled in the Burbank Recycle Center’s mixed metals bin
Glendale: Yes
Irvine: No
L.A.: Yes
Pasadena: No
Riverside: Yes
Santa Ana: No
Santa Monica: Yes
Torrance: No
Unincorporated L.A.: No
Ventura: Yes

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo by Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times


(Each week, we explain the recycling potential for an item that might be confusing. Here are some previous Can I Recycle topics.)

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