Seven makers of residential recycling bins have agreed to offer recycling education labels designed by Minneapolis-based nonprofit organization Recycle Across America (RAA) for customers who order them.
The North America-based bin manufacturers are BearSaver; Bigbelly Smart Waste and Recycling Systems; CleanRiver Recycling Solutions; EZ Dump Commercial; Landmark Studio & Design; Max-R; and Securr. The companies have agreed to offer the stickers at the OEM level on recycling, compost and trash bins ordered by customer who wish to have them.
RAA says its labels are designed to make it easy for the public to recycle properly and to help eliminate the public’s confusion at the bin, which has been pointed to as a cause of high contamination rates in recyclables collected in curbside programs.
“There has been an environmental bottleneck as a result of public confusion, apathy and skepticism with recycling, due to hundreds of thousands of inconsistent labels on bins throughout society,” says Mitch Hedlund, RAA’s founder. “Since recycling is considered to be the cornerstone of the environmental movement, its chronic dysfunction has stagnated progress,” she adds.
Hedlund continues, “This a historic moment to have these leading bin manufacturers come together to promote and offer the standardized label solution to help recycling thrive. [Having] these great bin manufacturers and other leaders of industries step up to fix the public’s confusion at the bin with the standardized label solution [is] critical at this time.”