The Key To Going Greener Is In The Can

Recycling: The What, Where, and How to guide.

  • Reduces the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators.
  • Conserves natural resources such as timber, water and minerals.
  • Increases economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials.
  • Prevents pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials.
  • Saves energy.


Paper makes up nearly 30 percent of municipal solid waste (trash) generated each year. Americans recycled about 65 percent of the paper they used in 2014. This recovered paper is used to make new paper products, saving trees and other natural resources. Most community or office recycling programs accept paper and paper products. Check what your community or office program accepts before you put it in the bin.

Dry-Cell Batteries are used in a variety of electronics and include alkaline and carbon zinc (9-volt, D, C, AA, AAA), mercuric-oxide (button, some cylindrical and rectangular), silver-oxide and zinc-air (button), and lithium (9-volt, C, AA, coin, button, rechargeable) batteries. Look for in-store recycling bins or community collection events to dispose of these batteries.

Some types of plastics are recycled more than others. Most community recycling programs accept some, but not all, types of plastics.

Glass, especially glass food and beverage containers, can be recycled repeatedly. Americans generated 11.5 million tons of glass in 2014, about 26 percent, which was recovered for recycling. Making new glass from recycled glass is typically cheaper than using raw materials. Most curbside community recycling programs accept different glass colors and mixed types. Then, the glass is sorted at the recovery facility.

These symbols were created by plastic manufacturers to help people identify the kind of plastic resin used to make the container. This can help you determine if your local recycling program can accept the container. The resin number is contained in a triangle, which looks very similar to the recycling symbol, but this does not necessarily mean it can be collected for recycling in your community.

See the chart below to learn what these symbols mean.

Table of SPI Resin Identification Codes:

Table of SPI Resin Identification Codes

For your recycling needs, look at our slim containers. They are specifically designed for hallways, corridors, or other smaller areas that require a clear, accessible path. The streamlined containers come in different designs and lengths to suit the setup of the space.

Slim Containers

The blue desk-side recycling container is designed to be used in systems with existing office containers and accessories. Placed beside traditional wastebaskets.

Some States, such as NYC, mandates color-coded containers: green, black and blue. Check your local recycling regulations for more information on State Mandates.

Slim Containers

We also carry a variety of lids for our slim containers:

The Slot lid. Perfect to recycle paper and newspapers

Two hole lid. Perfect for bottles and cans

Two Hole Lid

Trash can Lids

See our website for more options.

Sources: NYC Sanitation, US Environmental Protection Agency, National Waste & Recycling Association