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Sorted recycling bins in Orchard Road, Singapore
Recycling bin of plastic bottles in Tel Aviv, Israel

A recycling bin (or recycle bin) is a container used to hold recyclables before they are taken to recycling centers.[1] Recycling bins exist in various sizes for use inside and outside of homes, offices, and large public facilities. Separate containers are often provided for paper, tin or aluminum cans, and glass or plastic bottles, with some bins allowing for commingled, mixed recycling of various materials.

Many recycling bins are designed to be easily recognizable, and are marked with slogans promoting recycling on a blue or green background along with the universal recycling symbol. Others are intentionally unobtrusive. Bins are sometimes in different colors so that the user can differentiate between the types of materials specified for each bin. While there is no universal standard color for recycling, the color blue is commonly used to indicate recycling in public settings. Other regions also use the color green to differentiate between types of recyclable materials.

Recycling bins, cans, or wheeled carts (toters) are common elements of municipal kerbside collection programs, which frequently distribute eye-catching bins to encourage participation.

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  1. ^ "ECYCLER". sustainability. Archived from the original on 15 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2011.