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Can I recycle coffee bags?

Coffee bags made entirely of paper can be recycled in Los Angeles' blue bins if the bag is empty. Coffee bags that are coated with polypropylene film or aluminum cannot be recycled because the mixed materials cannot be separated.

Because policies and recommendations can vary from city to city, each week we ask a sampling of officials from various municipalities to weigh in. Can you recycle coffee bags in ...

Coffee bagsBurbank: No

Irvine: Only if bags are all paper or all aluminum

Long Beach: No

Los Angeles: Only if entirely paper

Riverside: No

Santa Ana: Only if all paper or all aluminum

Santa Monica: Yes

Torrance: No

Unincorporated L.A. County: No

Ventura: No


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— Susan Carpenter

Photo: Bob Chamberlain / Los Angeles Times

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