Different Types of Recycle Bins

Updated July 20, 2017

The process of recycling uses old waste plastics, paper, metals and glass to create new products and reduce the amount of refuse disposed of in area landfills. However, an integral part of this process involves the collection of these waste materials from consumers, businesses and factories. To facilitate disposal and collection of recyclable products, a variety of recycling bin types have been devised that separate these reusable products from other waste.

Household/Curb Bins

Recycle bins in the house are designed to perform a number of functions. The first function is to separate recyclable waste from food and non-recyclables and is usually done by using brightly coloured or labelled bins. These bins can be catch-all recycling containers or separating bins that hold specific products like plastics, glass or paper. The second function of household recycle bins is to make it easy for collectors to receive waste products. Usually made from sturdy, lightweight plastics and often moulded into manageable sizes or fitted with wheels, these bins are manufactured to be easily moved from house to curb and back again.

Free Recycling Bins

Free recycling bins are bins placed in public places that collect recyclable waste at no cost. Government buildings, public squares, parks and playgrounds often maintain free recycle bins located near dustbins that allow casual passersby the option of recycling. Some businesses or shopping centres will maintain large recycling canisters or containers that are designed to give families without recycling options a chance to bring and deposit recyclable materials. Often found in car parks or behind shops, these bins are emptied regularly and are hosted by companies at no charge to the recyclers.

Industrial/Commercial Bins

Many companies that run business or industrial plants utilise recycling bins for their reusable refuse. Since they operate on a much grander scale than the typical home, the amount of recyclable material calls for large capacity bins and containers. Some offices use paper or cardboard containers with built-in compactors, while industrial settings can house massive canisters for plastics, glasses and metals. Many states and municipalities offer grants to help businesses recycle, or require that businesses or factories producing a certain amount of product institute a recycling program. However, the recycle bins used by these companies are not usually accessible to the public, so using them for public dumping can lead to fines.

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Chet Carrie has been writing since 2004. He served as an editor for a university magazine and has freelanced for several newspapers. Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts in English.