Can I recycle ... metal bottle caps and jar lids?
The city of Los Angeles recycles metal beer and soda bottle caps as well as metal jar lids. While most metal caps and lids are lined with a thin coating of polyethylene, the plastic is burned off during the processing and melting of the metal. Most metal caps and lids are made of steel, which is sorted from other recyclables with an overhead magnet. Metal lids should be removed from clean and empty glass jars; the lids that remain screwed on to glass jars that are not broken during the collection process need to be sorted a second time at a glass recovery facility.
Because policies and recommendations can vary from city to city, each week we ask a sampling of officials from different municipalities to weigh in.
Can I Recycle metal bottle caps and jar lids in …
Long Beach: Yes
Santa Monica: Yes
Each week we explain the recycling potential for an item that might be confusing. Here are some previous Can I Recycle columns:
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