i should be mopping the floor: Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels

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April is Earth Month! I'm celebrating with a fun, new recycling center...inspired by my visit to Bigelow Tea's headquarters. I'm sharing the free printable recycling bin labels for you to create your own recycling center in your own home.


Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
Do you have a recycling system in your home? These printable labels are a great way for you to set up your own area...or improve the one you have.

Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
When I visited the Bigelow Tea Headquarters {read all about that trip here}, I was absolutely in awe of their massive effort {that is in effect daily} to reduce their own footprint. Bigelow has thought of everything...right down to sending the cooking oil from the Fairfield, Connecticut cafeteria to a processing facility in Waterbury, Connecticut where it is converted to biodiesel fuel.
Bigelow Tea not only cares about the environment, but also the community, and overall wellness. They have a relationship with The Idaho Foodbank that hits all three: they re-use boxes, which helps the environment...each box that is used helps feed a hungry person from the community, and the Idaho Foodbank focuses on nutrition, a key ingredient in wellness.
I was most inspired when we ate lunch in the cafeteria. They have installed a really innovative "single stream" recycling bin system in the cafeteria to collect metal, glass and redeemable items. The system allows Bigelow employees to discard all materials {bottles, cans, papers} into one bin, increasing the amount of materials that are recycled overall. I also noticed all of the recycling bins all over the building...especially at all of the tea making areas {um, yeah...tea making areas for whenever the mood strikes!}. 

This system inspired my own little mini system at home. I made it simple so more gets recycled.


Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
Also at the Bigelow headquarters, I fell in love with my original favorite, Earl Grey tea all over again! It's still the best, y'all.



Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
As always, Bigelow Tea is All-American: 100% American made by an American Family; an American Company for the American consumer. And I can always grab a box at my local Walmart.


Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
So grab a cup of tea, print out your labels below, and put together this super simple project in just a few minutes. It's the perfect thing for an Earth Month activity. I used three small {office-size} trash bins, double sided foam tape and my free printable recycling bin labels to make my simple recycling center.

Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
You can also laminate these, as well. I used mine plain because I may need to switch the labels and add the glass one in. Right now, our glass bin is separate because of the way the recycling in our city works...I'm still playing around with it all to see what works best for us.  


Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
I added the pictures to the labels to help my kiddos make sure to get everything in the right spot. 


Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
Bigelow also collects their foil overwrap from tea bags consumed in their plant and office to be recycled for a variety of purposes, such as manufacturing welding rods and brake pads. I actually called my own recycling center to see if they can accept these for recycling and they can. I know not all centers may do this, so you would need to check with yours first. That foil overwrap is such a flavor protector of the delicious tea inside!


Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.

And of course, my Bigelow boxes are recyclable. I go through a lot of them.

Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.
 Click below to download your own labels. 
These work well on card stock.

Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.

If you'd like your own inspiring tea-riffic experience, Bigelow Tea's Charleston Tea Plantation is America's largest working tea garden. Guests are invited to the Charleston Tea Plantation for weddings, tours and even a variety of music festivals.

Be sure to find even more great Earth Month ideas on the Bigelow Facebook page here or their Twitter feed here

How do YOU celebrate Earth Month?



Free Printable Recycling Bin Labels: PAPER, PLASTIC, METAL, & GLASS  | Perfect to set up your own home recycling center.



9 comments:

  1. Love those labels - we categorize recyclables at home but I could use the three bin system for sure!!

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  2. This is exactly what I needed to get started on recycling! Thank you for the printables! #client

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  3. We have recycling bins in the basement of the apartment building I live in--they are conspicuously marked! I make sure that everything that can be gets into the correct bins down there--and that includes all those boxes food products come in!

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  4. I'm totally printing these out. I was just going on position in the garage, but this is way better!

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  5. Hi Kristi, Bigelow Teas are always one of my favs - and I liked that you shared their maid site - I never thought to check it out and there is a lot of great info there - I also so need to organize the re-cycling - which means make room for the containers - you've inspired me! :)

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  6. Awesome labels! I am going to print them out and use them... so cute!

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  7. I love this idea! We only recycle paper as it is not so easy to get other things to the big recycling center in the city near us. For when we did recycle nearly everything, this would have been so handy.

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  8. awesome printables, I love it!!! I will have to save this for later.

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