In order to recycle efficiently, you need to have the appropriate bins for proper disposal of reusable items. In addition to the small recycle bins used inside the house, you need to have a bigger outdoor recycle bin. This is where all materials from the house are put before they are collected on your assigned pickup day.

There are numerous types of outdoor recycle bins for different waste disposal needs. It is, therefore, important to consider your waste disposal needs before buying an outdoor recycle bin. To help those with no idea where to start or have bins already but they have proven insufficient, below are four elements to look for in an outdoor recycle bin.

1. Capacity 

A good outdoor recycle bin should be big enough to accommodate all reusable materials coming from the home before it can be properly disposed of. Your outdoor recycle bin should not be too small that it becomes filled up before your pickup day. On the other hand, it should not be too big to occupy too much space in your garage or shed.

In order to choose the right size when buying an outdoor recycle bin, you need to take into account what materials you typically recycle. This will largely influence what recycle bins you purchase. Also take note of whether your current bins are running out of space in them before pickup day. This may indicate that you need bigger ones or need to add to your current number.

2. Material

A good recycle bin should be made of high quality materials. It should also be durable enough to avoid buying several recycle bins after a short time. While it may be tempting to purchase the most economical of bins, buying ones that will last will save you a significant amount of money in the long run.

Strong plastic outdoor recycle bins are arguably the best and the most preferred by many homeowners. The good thing with plastic recycle bins is that they do not react with wastes and never rust. The plastic should be hard enough to resist bad weather conditions and not break easily due to contact by glass or other heavy materials. These plastic bins are usually made of recycled materials meaning by buying them you are doing even more to protect the environment.

3. Multi-slot systems

It is good to have your waste sorted so that waste collectors can empty it with ease. Many companies will not pick up your recyclables unless it is sorted into categories such as containers, papers and fibres, and corrugated cardboard.

A good outdoor recycle bin should, therefore, have multiple slots for different type of materials. This will ensure that everything is sorted and there should be no issues with disposal companies picking up your recyclables on your assigned day. If you do not wish to have slotted bins, be sure to have separate bins for each category.

4. Appearance

The physical appearance of the outdoor recycle bin may not be at the top of your agenda, but it does matter. If you care about aesthetics, you need to choose an outdoor bin that is appealing and matches with the look of your home. If you are not really concerned about this, you should choose a bin that is easily identifiable and lets people know that its contents are recyclable. If not and your garbage pickup day is the same as the day that recyclables are picked up, the garbage man might take them by mistake. To prevent this, make sure your bin is blue with the 3-arrow recycling symbol on it.

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