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Using Your Office Recycling Container and Bin Buddy

Bin Buddy

Campus offices and cubicles have a blue recycling bin and an attached Bin Buddy, a miniature trash container.

Why We Use Bin Buddies

  • Every UC campus aims to achieve zero waste (diverting at least 90% of items from landfill or incineration) by 2020.
  • Since most office waste is recyclable, the Bin Buddy size represents approximately how much of what you throw away is trash. When you recycling properly and reuse items like coffee mugs, refillable water bottles and utensils, the Bin Buddy is large enough for your non-recyclable waste items and encourages more recycling.
  • Eliminating trash and recycle bin liners saves resources and money.
  • Many organizations use mini-bin programs, including UC Berkeley, Tufts University and Dartmouth College, among others. A 2014 study of 34 offices across the United Statesfound that mini-bins reduced the amount of recyclables in the trash by 16%, increased the amount of recyclables collected by 20%, and nearly eliminated paper from the waste stream.

How It Works

Custodians empty recycling and trash containers in offices and cubicles at least once a week. Larger trash and recycling bins in common areas are emptied daily.

  • Put paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, glass, plastics #1-7, and hard Styrofoam in your blue bin for recycling.
  • Put napkins, tissues, paper towels, food waste (unless you have access to composting), non-rigid plastic (like plastic bags, plastic wraps), and foil wrappers (e.g., candy and granola bar wrappers, chip and cookie bags, etc.) in the trash.
  • Dispose of messy food waste in a lined kitchen or common area trash bin. If you are composting food waste in a central kitchen trash container, only throw away dry items.
  • If your Bin Buddy fills before your weekly trash pickup, take trash to a nearby kitchen, break or conference room where custodians empty trash daily.

See a complete list of cleaning services and frequencies.