The largest global buyer of recycled paper and plastic, China, is no longer accepting shipments of recyclables from other countries, which ultimately affects everyone. Learn how you can help - at the bin!
THE AVERAGE AMERICAN GENERATES 4.4 POUNDS OF TRASH A DAY, THE MOST OF ANY COUNTRY
MOST OF THE MATERIAL BURIED IN LANDFILLS SHOULD HAVE BEEN RECYCLED OR COMPOSTED
90.5% OF PLASTIC IS NEVER RECYCLED
Better At The Bin is our call to action in response to the growing challenge of too much garbage and its impacts on our environment.
It’s plain and simple, we humans create too much trash. The statistics are staggering. Recycling and composting are more important than ever. We all need to be better recyclers and smarter consumers. We asked Zero Waste advocate Kathryn Kellogg to help highlight good green habits that make all of us “Better At The Bin.”
GLOBALLY WE PRODUCE 3.5 MILLION TONS OF TRASH A DAY
Better sorting equals less to landfill.
While most cities are turning away from recycling, Recology is doubling down and upgrading infrastructure to support your efforts. If we all work together by modifying our everyday kitchen routines we can make a big difference. Kathryn Kellogg has a few simple steps that we can all take.
Better At The Bin means no liquid or food in the blue bin.
Liquids soil paper and cardboard and lower their quality. Only higher-quality paper bales help pay for curbside collection programs.
Farmers use compost to grow cover crops that pull carbon out of the air and return it to the soil where it belongs.
Put recycling items in the blue bin loose. Please do not put plastic bags in the recycling bins as they jam recycling machinery.
When in doubt, find out.
There is a bin for everything we throw out. When in doubt, click the button below and find out which bin is the right one.
IN AMERICA 40 PERCENT OF FOOD IS WASTED
Separating food scraps keeps recyclables clean
Don’t let your food scraps go to waste. Recology turns them into nutrient-rich compost that helps farmers grow healthy food that comes back to your table. Put all food scraps in the green bin to eliminate contaminating recyclables in the blue bin.
Composting can help save the planet.
GLOBALLY WE USE 500 BILLION PLASTIC WATER BOTTLES A YEAR
Be Part of the Solution. Refuse single-use plastics.
Single-use plastics and excessive and unnecessary packaging are everywhere. Bananas in plastic bags. Zucchinis on Styrofoam trays wrapped in film plastic. Say NO to plastic.
Here are four things we can all do to reduce plastic waste:
NEARLY ONE-THIRD OF THE WASTE GENERATED IN THE U.S. IS PACKAGING
Better At The Bin is our chance to drive change.
We have the power as consumers to send strong messages to the companies that sell us food and goods. Recology and the California Product Stewardship Council say vote with your consumer dollars. Decline single-use plastics. Don’t buy products made of multiple materials that cannot be separated.
Buy from sellers who significantly reduce or eliminate packaging.
Here are a few simple things we can all do to reduce plastic waste:
1 TON OF RECYCLED PAPER SAVES 17 TREES
It’s time to be better recyclers and smarter consumers.
Adopting the simple actions highlighted here will reduce the amount of trash we send to landfills and incinerators. At Recology we understand how busy you are, and we are here to help. Better At The Bin is all of us working together.
Remember to reduce, reuse, recycle, and REFUSE.
By adopting these simple solutions you will be doing right by your family, your wallet, and the environment. You will be part of the solution.