We asked you to send your household recycling questions, and among the inquiries we got back: What about coated cardboard food canisters (think Pringles), the cardboard cores of paper towel and toilet tissue rolls, and dispensers for hearing-aid batteries. We've compiled answers into this one installment of Can I Recycle ... ?
Cardboard canisters lined with foil -- the kind of packaging often used in containers for Pringles chips and other snacks -- cannot be recycled in Los Angeles' blue bins. They are made from a mix of materials that cannot be separated, so they should be placed in the black trash bin. Only the plastic lid can be recycled.
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 coated cardboard food canisters in ...
Long Beach: Only the lid.
Los Angeles: Only the lid.
Manhattan Beach: Yes.
Riverside: Only the lid.
Santa Monica: Yes.
Torrance: No. The plastic lid can be recycled only if it includes a recycling symbol.
Unincorporated Los Angeles: Only the lid.
Ventura: Only the lid.
Keep in reading for the answers on paper towel and toilet tissue cores and more ...