Can I recycle CDs and DVDs?
Los Angeles residents can place CDs and DVDs in the blue recycling bin because they are made of polycarbonate, which the city says has value in the recycled-materials market. CD jewel cases and DVD movie cases also can be recycled in the blue bin as long as they are empty and the paper sleeves have been removed. The paper sleeves also can be recycled but must be placed separately in the blue bin.
Those old floppy diskettes are not recyclable in L.A.'s curbside program because they are made of a combination of hard plastic, metal, a magnetic medium, even fabric; the materials cannot be readily separated into individual component parts.
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 CDs and DVDs in …
Long Beach: No
Los Angeles: Yes
Manhattan Beach: No
Santa Ana: Yes
Santa Barbara: Yes
Santa Monica: No
-- Susan Carpenter
Photo: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times