Bin Buddies

New year, new look! Facilities Management and the Sustainability Programs Office are transitioning all campus office and cubicle trash and recycling containers to Bin Buddies starting this month.

Custodians will replace all Scripps Institution of Oceanography bins first and then move to the main campus, working west to east by college, finishing mid-2019. The new system will ensure that everyone has small trash bins and large recycling bins without liners in order to make recycling easier while saving resources. Many campuses, including UC Berkeley, are using this system already with great success. You can learn what goes into your blue recycling bin versus your black trash bin by visiting

In addition, Facilities Management and the Sustainability Programs Office will be rolling out new signage from Recycle Across America on recycling and trash bins in hallways and common areas or kitchenettes in all state-funded buildings. Already used by places like Disneyland, our national parks, and Whole Foods, the new Recycle Across America signs will remind all of us to recycle. Bin Buddies and the new signage are part of UC San Diego’s effort to become zero waste.

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