The Recycle Right Sign Suite was designed to provide standardized, visually based education near recycling and disposal receptacles across Monroe County.
These resources have been made available via free download to assist Monroe County residents, businesses, and institutions in promoting consistent recycling and maintaining a continuous stream of high- quality recyclables. Spanish and English versions of each sign are available.
Best Management Practices
Choosing the right signs for your facility
The signs were developed to address commonly generated items in four locations:
- Grade schools (cafeterias, classrooms, etc.)
- Public spaces/Events with food concessions or food service (higher education, arenas, stadiums, parks, airports, public events and festivals, etc.)
- Residential multi-units with central collection (apartments, dorms, senior living, etc.) or single residences
- Offices (individual offices, cubicles, conference rooms, copy areas, break and lunch rooms, etc.)
A customized Mixed Recycling and Trash sign has been created for each location.
There are also signs for source separated or specialty recycling streams, including:
- Plastic bag and film recycling (flexible plastic that can be returned to retailers for recycling, but is not accepted in Mixed Recycling)
- Returnables (deposit cans and bottles)
Receptacles: twin the bin
Ideally, recycling receptacles should be paired with trash receptacles in all locations.
In other words, “twin the bin” so that recycling is as easy and convenient as throwing items in the garbage. As you evaluate your current container system, you may find that there are more trash receptacles than recycle bins throughout your facility.
To ensure that each waste station consists of a recycling bin and a trash bin, consider:
- Adding a recycling bin next to each trash receptacle
- Reducing overall trash receptacles
Placing Signs and Labels
Color coordination of receptacles helps to identify the appropriate place for waste materials.
The standard color for recycling is blue and trash is black. Ideally, recycling receptacles would be blue and trash receptacles would be black.
If it is not in your budget or you do not want to replace receptacles, adding color-coded labels to your existing receptacles will help students, customers, and employees to recycle properly.
- Clearly mark each bin by placing labels on receptacles
- Place signs on wall at eye level over each container
Fill out the form below to download the sign PDFs. After submitting your contact information, you will receive an email with a permanent link to download the PDFs at any time. There is no need to resubmit your information.