1. Twin the Bins

Placing garbage and recycling (and organic) bins separate from one another will result in high cross-contamination problems as users will be more inclined to deposit unwanted material in the closest bin regardless of the purpose of the bin. According to one report, people will walk no more than a couple of feet to place materials in the correct bin, “Some people will use the first one they come across regardless of how it is labeled, even if it is separated by only a couple feet or placed on opposite ends of a park bench. The further apart they are, the greater the risk of cross-contamination you’re likely to experience.” Click here to read the report. Twinning bins together eliminates the inconvenience factor in deciding how to manage unwanted material.

See below for examples of effective and ineffective bin twinning.

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Source (left): http://sfenvironment.org/zero-waste/recycling-and-composting/event-recycling-and-composting
Source (right): https://www.kab.org/sites/default/files/PlanningforSuccessTenTipsforDesigningPublicSpaceRecyclingProgramsGuide.pdf