Recycling bin

Recycling bin

A recycling bin (or recycle bin) is a container used to hold recyclables before they are taken to recycling centers. Recycling bins exist in various sizes for use in homes, offices, and large public facilities. Separate containers are often provided for paper, tin or aluminum cans, and glass or plastic bottles.

Many recycling bins are designed to be easily recognisable, and are marked with slogans promoting recycling on a blue or green background. Others are intentionally unobtrusive. Bins are sometimes different colors so that recyclers may differentiate between the types of materials to be placed in them. Blue bins usually indicate metals and plastics and green indicate papers.

Recycling bins are a common element of municipal kerbside collection programs, which frequently distribute the bins to encourage participation.


The whole concept of Recycling in Australia (and the beginning of a world epidemic) was designed by an 12 year old in 1992. James Ada from Sydney wrote a detailed essay for an exam titled Australia is Rubbish, Lets Recycle. His idea was then passed onto the local government who actioned it within the following year.

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