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Binventory Definitions


In the Binventory, here schools are encouraged to count all waste receptacles across campus. A few definitions can help you with this task:

Bin: Bins are receptacles for waste accessible to the students, staff and visitors to the campus in the normal course of the day. Bins include trash cans, recycling boxes, and compost receptacles.

Dumpster: Dumpsters are the large carts serviced by your waste hauler. Typically, custodians and students move materials from bins to dumpsters to be hauled off campus.

Toter: Toters are rolling carts for receiving and transporting waste- they are similar to the toters at most single family homes in Alameda county. ·Some schools use toters to collect waste in common areas of the campus before being emptied in the dumpsters or rolled to the curbside for collection.

Waste Station: Waste stations are garbage cans paired with waste diversion bins. Some waste stations are professionally designed units, others may be the deliberate co-location of waste, recycling and/or compost bins.

Special Wastes: ·Many campuses establish special bins for special wastes such as batteries, eWaste, lab chemicals, "sharps" such as needles that may be found in a nurses office, etc.

"All areas of campus" The binventory is designed to be a comprehensive count of ALL receptacles on campus. A campus map is a great tool for making sure that you find every receptacle. If a campus map is unavailable, consider counting bins located in:

  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Libraries
  • Auditoriums
  • Theatres
  • Gymnasiums
  • Cafeterias
  • Hallways
  • Courtyards
  • Offices
  • Copy rooms
  • Parking lots
  • Sports fields and stadiums
  • Sidewalks adjacent to campus

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