What is Zero Waste?
And is it for you?
Whether it’s policy compliance, customer demand, or simply corporate culture, more businesses and organizations are placing an increased focus on sustainability and looking to align their operations with principles of the circular economy. Once considered an exception, zero waste initiatives have become more popular than ever as they are an effective means to manage waste streams and recapture materials. From public schools to private businesses, these initiatives along with increased awareness of climate change, are playing vital roles in sustainability efforts.
Zero waste programs integrate organics diversion as a means to reduce waste sent to landfills, save on waste hauling costs, and reduce their carbon footprint by returning carbon to the earth via the regenerative process of composting. Going zero waste can help you achieve environmental certifications such as Leed, Green Seal, and The Well Building Standard.
Sorting Stations & Signage
To ensure participation and to eliminate confusion (which will reduce contamination), it is important to have readily available sort stations sufficient for all waste streams with effective signage and messaging in addition to on-going educational messaging engagement with employees, fans, residents, etc. When implementing sort stations and signage, be sure to consider the following:
• Consistent color coding for signs and bins
• Photos of products on signs to help eliminate confusion
• Multiple sort locations
• Effective sign placement (for example, above sorting stations)
Waste Stream Labels for Waste Containers
Color coded and marked with graphic and words, waste stream labels allow patrons and employees to quickly identify, sort, and dispose of waste at-a-glance. Label availability dependent on can choice and configurations.
Sustainability Without Sacrifice
Strong, durable and made with up to 97% post-consumer recycled (PCR) material
ECOLOGO® Certified Meets UL126 Standard for Sustainability in Plastic Film Products and exceeds USGBC and LEED requirements
BPI Certified Compostable Meets ASMT D6400 standards, do not contain any persistent, non-biodegradable plastics like polyethylene, and do not contain BPA or PFAS
Zero waste programs reduce the overall carbon footprint of an organization and it’s important to take into consideration a products life cycle. Products made with recycled content take less energy to make and generate lower emissions than their virgin counterparts. Demand for products with recycled content also encourages consumers and businesses to divert more recyclable materials from landfills.
Revolution Bag diverts used agriculture film that’s headed to landfills and recycles it into a high performance resin that is made into trash can liners. This closed loop process results in a high performance liner that is stronger, can be right sized to reduce plastic, and contains up to 97% post consumer recycled content. Revolution Bag liners are EcoLogo® certified and exceed the US EPA recommendations for post consumer recycled content for can liners.
Natur-Bag compostable bags and liners are used for the collection of food scraps and other organic waste. Bags and liners are 100% compostable and integrate seamlessly in zero waste and organics diversion programs. Natur-Bag is engineered for superior strength and to breathe naturally, dissipating moisture to help control odors while keeping bins clean.Tax benefits for qualifying businesses. By implementing organic waste reduction efforts, facilities can reduce landfill hauling and tipping costs. 53% of the population struggles to recycle outside of the home.³ 75% of waste is generated in commercial facilities.² 14 million tons of recyclables are thrown away each year.¹
The first step to designing a successful zero waste program is understanding the waste management services available in your area. You will need to determine what is acceptable for each material stream and how its collected. This includes considerations for organic diversion (post-consumer food scraps, proteins, compostable food packaging) and co-mingle recycling. Although the most common is a three-stream sorting system of compost, recycling and land fill, a variety of sorting stations are available with up to seven different waste streams configurations.
Improve recycling effectiveness with the Sustain recycling station, a decorative and adaptable recycling solution designed to meet any facility’s needs. The modular system allows the station to be customized to and grow with each recycling program.
*Additional sizes available
Improve your recycling compliance with Configure containers, an adaptable recycling solution available in four sizes with five waste stream label options. Built with durable, corrosion-resistant steel, Configure containers are designed to stand the test of time and evolve with your facility’s recycling needs.
Configure™ decorative waste containers provide a recycling solution that features sleek, smooth surfaces and contoured edges.
DESIGNED TO STAND THE TEST OF TIME
EASY-ACCESS FRONT DOOR WITH HANDLE
7 WASTE STREAMS AVAILABLE TO ENCOURAGE RECYCLING
SLIM JIM® RECYCLING STATION CONTAINERS
colors and configurations available
*Additional sizes and configurations available, back billboards sold separately *Additional
Indoor Waste Receptacles
For Single or Two Stream
All zero waste programs and sustainability efforts must be effectively tailored for each individual organization – there is no “one size fits all” solution to reducing waste. Organic diversion is one of the most important aspects of a zero waste program but not everyone has access to commercial composting facilities. Businesses can still focus on diversion rates by encouraging recycling within the organization. To make it easy for employees and guests, clearly marked recycling bins are placed wherever waste is collected.
Providing the same durable, square shape since 1968, the Untouchable® containers are perfect for the office, classroom and more. The new venting channels make removing liners easier.
Holds larger, irregular objects and allows for 27% more capacity than circular receptacles without sacrificing additional space*
Venting channels make removing liners up to 50% easier, improving productivity
Cinch secures liner around the rim of the container and allow for quick, knot free liner changes
DURABLE, LONG-LASTING SOLUTION
Durable & crack resistant, even under tough indoor and outdoor conditions
Acronym Description Size Black Liners Clear Liners Compostable Liners
RMFG356988GRAY Square Gray Container
RMFG356973BLUE Mixed Recycle Container
Space-efficient, economical, and an easy and an effective way to recycle. All plastic construction won’t chip, rust or dent. Rolled rims add strength, and are easy to clean. Fits under standard-height desk. Perfect for home, office and more.
VENTED SLIM JIM® CONTAINERS
FOR SUPERIOR DURABILITY
VENTED BRUTE® CONTAINERS
BRUTE® containers have a proprietary design constructed with the highest quality materials, plus a UV inhibitor ensures long life in even the most extreme commercial environments.
VENTING CHANNELS MAKE LINERS EASIER TO REMOVE 50% TOUGHEST
INTEGRATED CINCHES FOR 5,000 CYCLES CHANGES TESTED TO KNOT-FREE LINER
Indoor Waste Receptacles
For Single Stream
The Refine containers are designed to fit seamlessly into any commercial space for a discreet look that enhances the overall environment. The commercial-grade material ensures the containers will withstand the rigors of everyday use.
TIMELESS DESIGN EASY ACCESS LINER CINCH ERGONOMIC HANDLES
Brushed stainless-steel provides a classic aesthetic, guaranteed to enhance any environment.
Lid lifts off for easy access to liner bag.
Integrated liner cinch makes liner changes quick and easy.
Durable steel handles improve grip, reducing user strain and improving efficiency when emptying containers.
Outdoor Waste Receptacles
For Single Stream RANGER® CONTAINER W/ 2 DOORS
The Ranger® Container features Rubbermaid’s famous durability, modern styling, and easy-to-service design.
• Hinged doors provide waste concealment and odor control
• Ideal for high-capacity waste management for stadiums, parks, shopping malls, and other high-traffic areas
• Permanently attached hinged lid offers easy emptying
• Metal retainers keep can liners securely in place and eliminate knot tying
• ADA Compliant and Factory Mutal (FM) Approved
AMERICANA SERIES™ OPEN TOP
The Americana Series™ decorative outdoor waste containers maintain an upscale appearance while providing exceptional waste control. Rugged steel construction with multiple layers of powder coating ensure years of trouble-free outdoor use. Its open top disposal opening enables hands-free disposal, maximizing customer comfort and sanitation. Made from 30% post-consumer recycled content, this fire-safe garbage can features a rugged steel construction complete with a leak-proof rigid plastic liner. Providing lasting strength and durability through changing weather conditions, this trash bin includes a UV-stabilizer. Prevent the passerby from rummaging around your garbage cans with the vandal-resistant, cable-secured funnel. The funnel top may be lifted off for easy emptying and servicing.
• Adjustable leg levelers for stability on uneven surfaces
• Extremely heavy to deter theft and withstand weather conditions
PCW Can Liners
American-made, high-performance trash bags from Revolution Bag produced for every type of commercial and industrial need, made with up to 97% recycled content and right-fitted to meet your needs while reducing your environmental impact. Revolution Bag can liners are EcoLogo® certified and exceed the US EPA recommendations for post consumer recycled content.
Compostable Can Liners
Natur-Bag compostable bags and liners are used for the collection of food scraps and other organic waste. Bags and liners are 100% compostable and integrate seamlessly in zero waste and organics diversion programs. Natur-Bag is engineered for superior strength and to breathe naturally, dissipating moisture to help control odors while keeping bins clean. These liners are BPI certified compostable, meet ASTM D6400 standards, do not contain any persistent, non-biodegradable plastics like polyethylene, and do not contain BPA or PFAS.