Waste Bins

The University of Michigan has a standard style of waste bins and signage to enable all U-M community members to confidently dispose of waste in an environmentally-preferred way across campus. 

standardized compost, landfill, and recycling bins and signsResearch shows that consistent bins and signage help people place items in the correct bin, resulting in higher quality recycling and compost with less contamination. 

Bin Resources

Request a bin - Acquire a new or replacement bin.

Bin placement guide - This handy flow chart shows you which bins go where.

Bin diagrams - Need to replace a broken component and not sure what it’s called? Check out this guide.

Project Background

In 2016, a committee of faculty, students and staff drew upon best-practices literature and knowledge of the university’s opportunities to develop a set of standards that transformed the look of waste collection and improved the confidence with which community members divert their waste.

Over the course of about two years, the Office of Campus Sustainability, in partnership with Custodial Services and Moving and Trucking, standardized all bins across the university. The project was completed at the end of FY19.

It’s essential for all U-M units (including Michigan Medicine) to adhere to the waste bin standards to maintain the clarity and simplicity the standards established. 

Questions? Please email recycle@umich.edu or if you're with Michigan Medicine, MMrecycle@umich.edu