It is very easy to walk up to a trashcan and throw away your wrapper from lunch or empty a paper towel roll that someone did not replace. But, have you ever stopped to think about recycling that item instead? A lot of people are very quick to throw things away to get rid of them as fast as possible, but that is not always the best option. Recycling correctly is knowing when and what to recycle in order to improve the environment one step at a time. With that being said, there is a lot more behind the idea of recycling than you may think.

Blue, green, and red recycling bins

Rainbow of Recycling


Many products will be produced with a recycling symbol directly on them to remind you to not throw them away when you are done. Anything from cardboard containers to aluminum cans can be recycled. However, knowing which color bin to put trash in is the most important part. 

Blue Recycling Bin

This might be one of the most common recycling containers you will see. Many offices, schools and homes use this colored bin. You probably pass one every day. The blue is used specifically for paper and paper materials. This means things like your cardboard boxes, your standard office paper and the leftover paper towel roll.

Green Recycling Bin

The green color signifies Earth. This recycling container is primarily for the disposal of organic materials. This can include things like flowers, coffee grounds, vegetables and fruits. It works a lot like a compost bin where it breaks down natural and/or food items and replenishes the Earth again. Green bins can also be used for disposing of glass.

Red Recycling Bin

When you see a red recycling bin; think plastic. This bin is the place to drop off any items that have a thin plastic coating on them. Such as plastic bags, cling wrap and glazed wrappers. It is important to recycle these items because they can clutter the environment very easily being so lightweight.

Yellow Recycling Bin

The yellow bin can be known as a mixed recycling bin. Most of the time you will see it being utilized for aluminum cans, but also it could be used for glass, cardboard, or cartons. When it comes to recycling bins like this, it is important to be aware of the labels on the front so you know you are properly disposing of your trash.

Woman placing item into recycling bin

Think Recycle


Recycling one item at a time can go a long way for the community and help benefit the environment as a whole. Did you know, recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100 watt light bulb for four hours? One bottle can make that much of an impact on our lives. A lot of the items you use every single day can make a large difference. It all starts with recycling. So next time you go to throw something away, stop and look for one of the colored bins and recycle it instead.

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