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Tips - What Can I Do?Tips - What Can I Do?

  • Be Part of the Recycling Loop
  • Only purchase items made from recycled materials.
  • Know What You Can and Can't Recycle
  • Learn the recycling rules and regulations for your area. Each area has its own waste and recycling collection guidelines. Contact your waste hauler for details.
  • Encourage an Artist
  • If you know someone interested in making art from recycled materials, offer to provide supplies. Many school children need items like paper towel tubes for art projects. More experienced artists use everything from paper clips to tattered clothing.
  • Lend a Helping Hand
  • Many charities eagerly welcome your donations. The County’s LACoMAX Program also provides alternatives to the disposal of valuable materials or wastes via online exchange. Those in need can benefit from items you post on the website.
  • Buy Local Products
  • It cuts down on fuel to transport and supports your local community.
  • Recycle Your Old Magazines
  • Give them to doctor or dentist offices, a gym or friends.
  • Styrofoam Doesn’t Degrade!
  • Find a substitute, if possible. Don't buy Styrofoam peanut packaging either - but if some comes your way - reuse it!
  • Make it Easy to Separate Your Recyclables!
  • Keep a separate container just for recyclables in a convenient place, such as the kitchen, laundry room or backyard. Make sure you keep a separate container for trash that is easily accessible for kids enjoying ice cream treats, art projects, or water balloon fights.
  • Check for the Recycle Symbol!
  • Recycle symbols indicate which containers are widely reusable. You can make a big difference by identifying reusable materials using the recycle symbols found on plastic containers and other recyclable products.
  • Buy only Recyclable Materials
  • Purchase products made from recycled materials. These items can be recycled endlessly. If we use something just once and throw it away, we waste our natural resources.

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