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How to Get Recycling Bins for Free

Updated April 17, 2017

Getting a recycling bin for free makes it that much easier for those who wish to put their household recycling materials to good use. In order to get a free recycling bin, contact your city. If your city does not offer free recycling bins to members of your community, create your own free recycling bin with an unused container from your home that qualifies.

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  1. Contact your local city government. Do so via e-mail or phone. Ask if they offer free recycling bins in your community. If your area has a recycling program set in place, it is likely that there are free recycling bins available, one for each household.

  2. Visit your local distribution centre or the specific location you are directed to if your city offers recycling bins.

  3. Pick up and take home your free recycling bin.

  4. Search your home for any unwanted or unused sturdy plastic or metal containers. Look for one or more that hold 20 gallons or less. This will be a free recycling bin to place at your kerbside if your city does not offer free recycling bins. Properly label the outside of your container with "Recycling" or a city-issued recycling label.

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Things You'll Need

  • Computer or phone
  • 20 gallon plastic or metal container
  • Label

About the Author

Sarah Mollman began writing for "The Northern Iowan" newspaper in 2005. She was awarded scholarships from the Department of English at the University of Northern Iowa for Outstanding Short Story and Outstanding Personal Essay in 2008. Mollman holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Teaching from the University of Northern Iowa.

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