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Can I recycle garden hoses?


Garden hoses are not recyclable through L.A.’s curbside recycling program.

Generally made from reinforced PVC with a web of fibers or synthetic rubber and threaded brass, metal or plastic connectors on the ends, garden hoses must be put in the black trash bin because the snakelike hoses can tangle and damage the sorting equipment at recycling facilities.

The metal ends, however, can be snipped off and placed in the blue recycling bin.

Because policies differ depending on the municipality, we asked several communities whether hoses are recyclable. The answers:

Arcadia: No
Burbank: No
Culver City: No
Huntington Beach: No
Long Beach: No
Los Angeles: No, but the metal ends can be snipped off and put in the recycling bin
Manhattan Beach: No
Riverside: No
Santa Monica: No, but the metal ends can be snipped off and put in the recycling bin
Torrance: No
Ventura: Yes


Can I recycle packing peanuts, Ziploc bags, milk cartons, wine corks ... 

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo credit:  Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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