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Can I recycle metal sunscreen bottles?

July 22, 2011 |  6:52 am


Metal sunscreen spray bottles are generally made of aluminum, a highly recyclable metal. Even though they are often topped with a plastic, push-button sprayer top, the bottles can be placed in the blue bin in Los Angeles as a single unit -- as long as the bottles are entirely empty.

Because policies vary from place to place, we asked other municipalities about their policies. Can I recycle an empty metal sunscreen bottle in …

Arcadia: Yes, if empty
Burbank: Yes, if empty
Huntington Beach: Yes
Long Beach: Yes, if empty
Manhattan Beach: Yes, if empty
Riverside: Yes, if empty
Santa Monica: Yes, if empty
Torrance: Yes, if empty
Ventura: Yes, if empty


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

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times