Set Up Indoor Bins
Under the law, all businesses, nonprofits, institutions, schools, and multifamily properties must place color-coded and labeled recycling and compost bins next to all garbage bins (not required in restrooms).
At a minimum, bins must be color-coded and labeled. It’s also helpful to place signs at eye level to show what goes where.
Free stickers for indoor bins
Free stickers are available to label indoor bins. Order two stickers for each bin so you can label two sides, in case bins get turned around.
Customized wall signs
The more closely your signs reflect the materials actually generated at your site, the easier it will be for staff and customers to sort correctly.
Quick guide to setting-up indoor bins
Use this step-by-step guide and worksheet to help determine the indoor recycling, organics, and garbage containers and signs needed to set your site up for success.
Free Indoor Green Bins
Your site may qualify for free indoor green bins for the collection of organics. A variety of containers and lids are available from our partner vendors—up to $500 per approved site including tax and delivery.
Ordering indoor bins
Many janitorial supply companies offer indoor bins. Check with your supplier for equipment that matches your needs. You can also order a wide range of containers and lids from our partner vendors for the free green bin program (above):
- Cogent Solutions and Supplies (formerly Starline Supply Company)
www.CogentSupplies.com – (800) 237-3103
- Cole Supply
www.ColeSupply.com – (800) 762-2653
These videos provide an overview of steps for setting up indoor recycling and organics bins, and how to sort properly to comply with the law.
- How to Set Up Indoor Bins at Work (4:10 min) (Spanish, Cantonese)
- Recycling and Composting at Work (5:03 min) (Spanish, Cantonese)
Overview Flyer for Staff
Customize and download a printable instructional poster to help employees, janitorial staff, and others at your site remember the rules for your recycling, organics and garbage carts, such as acceptable bags and bin/cart colors.