Recycle bins or “recycling bins”, are containers which are commonly used to store recyclable material before it is picked up by local recycling firms or your council.
There are many common types of recycling bins and recycling containers used in a number of different scenarios.
Before recycling became a widely used process for rubbish disposal, the most common type of recycle bin would have been at your local supermarket or recycling centre. These bins are very large, suitable for use by many people, and can contain different compartments for separating the different types of material. An example of this may be that you wish to separate plastics from glass, or even separate brown glass from green glass etc.
The more common type of recycling container/recycling bin today is a household bin. Many governments in many countries have established recycling plans for home owners. Local councils are usually responsible for delivering recycling bins to home owners, in a bid to convince a growing number of people to recycle part of their refuse.
Household recycling bins can come in a range of sizes and shapes. Some councils in the U.K use wheel based bins for cardboard and paper based products, where others use a number of smaller plastic containers to separate a range of recyclable material.
The introduction of recycling bins on a large scale is a great way to increase recycling. Some reasons for this include; an easier method for recycling products (more convenient), and better education relating to the importance and reasons why we should recycle.
There also exists much larger commercial recycling bins, for use around large offices who may dispose of a large quantity of paper products each day.
In some countries, recycle bins are colour coded to allow citizens to easily identify the most appropriate bin. Many of the recycling bins in use today also include recycling logos to identify their purpose.