Reducing, Reusing and Recycling materials have environmental and economic co-benefits.  By reducing our usage of materials, reusing them, and recycling them, we can help reduce our impact on the environment and also save valuable resources.  More specifically, doing so saves energy, reduces the amount of materials that enter our waste stream and end up in the landfill, and prevents pollution. By reducing, reusing, and recycling we help to sustain our environment for generations to come.

Did you know that, on average, a single person produces 1 million pounds of materials every year?!  As Southern California’s population continues to grow our community must strive to reduce its environmental footprint.  Here are examples of how recycled materials can be used: 

-Aluminum cans are turned back into aluminum cans

-Glass bottles are transformed into new glass bottles

-Plastic bottles are recycled into carpet, clothing and new bottles

-Paper is recycled into new paper

The Department of Public Works has residential programs such as Smart Gardening, Residential Recycling Program, Tire Recycling Program and many more.  These are administered through the Public Works Environmental Programs Division.

Please visit the Department of Public Works' Clean LA website, under ‘Clean LA for Residents’ for more information.

Clean LA for Residents

City of LA, Bureau of Sanitation



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