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Downloadable Recycling Bin Labels


Clearly labeled bins are an important part of a school recycling system. The downloadable bin label posters in the table below can be used in a variety of settings including classrooms, cafeterias and common areas of campus. Printed posters should be laminated and affixed directly on bins or on the wall at eye level above the bin itself.

The labels below are provided in a variety of sizes and formats. JPG files are ideal for sharing electronically, embedding in websites, or adding as images to documents and newsletters. PDF files can be downloaded and printed "as is" for use in your school. PSD Photoshop files are provided if you would like to customize your posters by adding your school name or changing the images to better reflect the items found on your campus.

The images shown on the posters are broadly representative of school items that should be recycled, composted, or sent to landfill in Alameda County. However, please double check with your waste hauler to make sure the poster is accurate for your school (placement of juice boxes and milk cartons, for example, vary widely based on local markets.)

Thanks to the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Chantal Currid in Alameda Unified School District, and students at Alameda High- all of whom made important contributions to developing color coded labels reflecting the items commonly found on school campuses.


JPG Image PDF File Photoshop Description

Mixed Recycling

 

8.5 x 11

11 x 17

 

8.5 x 11

11 x 17

 

8.5 x 11

11 x 17

 

Mixed recycling signs should be used for bins that include paper, bottles, cans, and other mixed recyclable materials.

Compost

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

11 x 17

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

11 x 17

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

11 x 17

 

For campuses that divert mixed food scraps and food soiled paper to commercial compost systems.

Landfill

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

11 x 17

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

11 x 17

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

11 x 17

 

The term "Landfill" reminds students where these materials end up.

Graphics show items commonly found at schools that are difficult to recycle.

Tray Stacking

 

8.5 x 11

 

8.5 x 11

 

8.5 x 11

 

Tray stacking can reduce lunch-time waste volume by 40%. 

As schools transition to recyclable or compostable trays, even greater diversion can be achieved.

Tray Stacking

 

8.5 x 11

 

8.5 x 11

 

8.5 x 11

 

An alternate version of the tray stacking poster shows a different tray style

Bottles & Cans

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

Bottles & Cans signs should be used for bins used to collect bottles and cans destined for cash redemption programs.

(CRV stands for "California Redemption Value")

Non-CRV Recycling

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

Schools that askstudents to put bottles and cans in a dedicated place, will also want to use these signs to collect other recyclable materials such as paper and cardboard in their own bins.

Liquids


 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

To reduce the amount of weight, spills, and smell associated with left over milk, juice and other drinks, add a "Liquids" bucket to the cafeteria or bottles and cans program.

5 gallon buckets are ideal for this purpose and can be emptied in custodial closet sinks.

Lunch Compost


 

8 x 12

 

8 x 12

 

8 x 12

 

Similar to the general "Compost" label above, this sign is formatted to match other lunch time labels while highlighting items commonly found in the cafeteria.

Lunch Recycling

 

8 x 12

 

8 x 12

 

8 x 12

 

This lable shows easily recyclable items that are frequently discarded in cafeterias.

Lunch Landfill


 

8 x 12

 

8 x 12

 

8 x 12

 

These items, often found in school cafeterias are not readily recyclable or compostable

Paper Towels (Restroom)


 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

8.5 x 11

8 x 12

 

Schools with robust waste diversion programs may consider diverting bathroom paper towels to composting.

 

Additional downloadable/editable signs are available from the Green Schools Initiative's partnership with Berkeley Unified School District:·http://greenschools.net/article.php?id=499