What Does a Yellow Color-Coded Bin Signify?


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Yellow color-coded bins or lids signify recycling bins in most areas. Residents with questions about a bin's purpose should contact their local waste management agency, recycling center or county government to ensure that they use the correct bin.

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Some cities that use yellow bins for recycling are Fort Wayne, Indiana; Annapolis, Maryland; and Binghamton, New York.

However, yellow color-coding for recycling does not apply to trash bags; it only applies to bins. In some cities, yellow trash bags actually signify non-recyclable trash. Worcester, Massachusetts, and Gainesville, Florida, are examples of cities that use yellow trash bags to signify that the contents cannot be recycled.

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