Cleaning Staff, Bins, Bin Placement and Liners

Don't Forget the Cleaning Staff

Despite the good intentions and actions of organizations that are trying to recycle, in many cases the cleaning or custodial crew come in at night and empty every bin (including the recycling bins) in the trash cart. This isn't surprising considering cleaning crews are contending with different looking labels in every tenant space, on every floor, in every building they clean; and often the labels are confusing and displaying only text. This is another example why national standardized labels are so important. Standardized labels need to be placed conspicuously on each recycling, compost and trash bin not only to help the general public know what to do at each bin, but to also help the people cleaning the buildings know how to properly handle each recycling, compost and trash bin.

Cleaning service providers are beginning to endorse, promote and facilitate the use of standardized labels with their accounts so that they can train their cleaning crews to identify the standardized labels and process the bins accordingly.

Please make certain your cleaners are fully aware of: 1) the labels on the bins, 2) where the bins are intentionally placed in the building, and 3) how and where to properly collect recyclable and compostable materials for the haulers to pickup.

Recycling Bin Color Recommendations

When you order bins, consider using one consistent color for recycling bins throughout your organization, and use black bins that are designated for trash only. Make certain that you have 'proper' labels on the lids of the bins and the front and sides of bins. Remember to purchase bins manufactured with recycled content; recycling is only half the equation ... buy products that contain recycled materials!

If you choose bins that are different colors, consider colors that align with the color-coding of the standardized labels to match your sorting needs (as shown).

Proper Bin Placement

There are plenty of opinions about where recycling bins and where trash bins should be placed. 'Properly labeled' bins for recycling and compostables should be placed next to 'properly labeled' bins for trash. If trash bins are placed too far apart from recycling bins, people will throw their trash in the recycling bin or they will throw their recycling in the trash bin. The bins need to be conveniently placed in hallways, near exists, in cafeterias, in common areas and for employee work spaces.

Zero Waste and Contamination

If your organization, school or facility is trying to achieve zero waste, which means every product you offer in your facility is either recycled, reused or composted, then make certain only those types of materials will be placed in your bins. Completely zero waste is not always possible, so consider having a small trash bin conveniently placed for items that are truly not recyclable or not compostable at this time, such as non-compostable dirty diapers. Try to prevent these contamination items from entering your recycling stream because all too often, haulers are having to send entire batches of highly contaminated recyclables to the landfill. Try to keep the materials entering your recycling bins and compost bins pure (meaning clean materials that are truly meant for recycling and composting).

Choose Effective Recycling Bins Made from Recycled Materials

Choosing durable bins that make a visual impact helps increase your recycling rates - and choosing bins made from recycled materials help close the loop! This is why we recommend Landmark Studio & Design. Their bin designs are impact-ful and allow for great visibility of the standardized labels and customization options for your organizations' logo. Proudly display your recycling bins! Showing that your organization is environmentally active creates a marketshare advantage because consumers care. Show them that you do too! For more information about Landmark Studio & Design, click here

Compostable Liners for Recycling Bins

Use certified compostable liners for collecting all of your compostable materials. Due to the method of manufacturing and the contents of the liner material, compostable liners are a preferred choice for all liner needs.