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Can I Recycle … the plastic wrap around rolls of toilet paper and paper towels?

April 21, 2011 |  7:17 am


Most of the plastic wrap around toilet paper and paper towels is made from film plastic, usually low-density polypropylene, or LDPE plastic No. 4. Although it is rarely marked with chasing arrows or a recycling symbol, it is recyclable in L.A.’s blue bin.
Arcadia: Yes
Burbank: Not curbside. The wrappers can be recycled in the mixed plastics bin at the Burbank Recycle Center.
Glendale: Yes
Irvine: Yes
Long Beach: Yes
Manhattan Beach: No
Riverside: Yes
Santa Ana: Yes
Santa Monica: No
Torrance: Only if marked with a recycling symbol.

-- Susan Carpenter

Each week we explain the recycling potential for an item that might be confusing. Here are some previous Can I Recycle columns:

Store receipts?

Milk cartons?

Pizza boxes?

Post-it Notes?


Bottle caps?

Wine corks?

Ziploc bags