Can It Be Recycled? A Guide To Each City

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Friends naturally assume I'm an expert on all things green. It's not unusual for me to be asked when I'm hanging out at a friend's home Hey, is this recyclable? as they hold out a juice box or a window envelope, an empty milk carton or the Styrofoam cup from Ramen noodles. I'm often as stumped as they are.

Rene Lynch (aka The Recyclist at the Los Angeles Times) finds herself in the same situation. She's enlisted the expertise of a consultant for the Sanitation Department at Long Beach to help her answer some of the more challenging recycling dilemmas. But what about cities other than Long Beach? What are the rules in your town? For example, we discovered that Styrofoam, the puzzle to be solved for this week, can be recycled in Los Angeles but not in New York (although New York does accept milk cartons and juice boxes).

Click on the name of the Apartment Therapy City Site closest to you to find a list of what can be recycled:

(Image: Buncombe County)