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The Greenway Principle has been edited for the internet, and contains no containers that are unsuitable for the collection of waste and recycling. That being said, the opinions in this survey are that of a number of sustainability specialist and a staff with over one-hundred years of combined experience in the industry, and are intended to be used as a guideline to start your recycling program.

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Is the intended use of the container to be indoors, protected from the elements and violent critters?

Or is the container to go outdoors, exposed to the harsh elements and lawless critters?

Number of Streams X

How many streams will the containers be collecting? Count up all the contents you would like to separate (i.e. Waste, Cans & Bottles, Paper, etc.). Consult your hauler to see what streams they can accept if in doubt.

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What is the projected amount and frequency of traffic these containers will be handling? For example, containers in central lobbies will receive a large amount of traffic at a high frequency, whereas containers on the 64th floor in a back hallway will receive lower traffic and be used less frequently.

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Deskside: Under or near a desk, small cubicles, individual offices, etc.

Common Space: Centralized, Hallway, Cafeteria, Lunchroom, Front Foyer, Public Washrooms, Board Rooms, etc.

Industrial Area: Warehouse, Plant, Manufacturing Facility, Workshop, Back of House.

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Would you prefer that when servicing the containers, access come from the front or top? Note: Top access is often preferred in areas where snow accumulation is a concern.

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Bright & Colorful: Are you looking for colors to distinguish your program and you? Do you want the containers to stand out, and make people aware of where and how your recycling stations work?

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The “broken window” theory exists in waste collection and we know that well-designed environments create better behaviors. This is why for over 30 years, Busch Systems has helped designers and architects with the functionalism of recycling and waste collection within their space—so you can maintain focus on form. We offer a design partnership with a plethora of advantages to ensure that implementing recycling and waste collection within your designs goes off without a hitch.


All of our recycling receptacles are designed with durability in mind and are subject to vigorous testing in applicable conditions. Building our containers with durable materials helps the environment by conserving resources, reducing wastes and diminishing the environmental impacts of repair and replacement. For the customer, this also means less time and money spent managing their collection program and more time spent making a positive environmental impact.

Durability equals Sustainability. Busch Systems manufactures its containers with durable materials to help the environment by conserving resources, reducing wastes and diminishing the environmental impacts of repair and replacement.


Well-designed environments create better behaviors. A combination of a beautifully designed space coupled with easily accessible, properly labeled and centrally located recycling bins equals a win for sustainability. That being said, you may have a space that needs a custom-designed container. If this is the case, feel free to give us a call and we can talk about how we can help!

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LEED provides guidelines for the amount of space dedicated to recycling collection within a facility. It is in the best interest of your recycling program to have several locations equipped with recycling & waste stations to make it easy for employees to participate in your collection program.

If you’re working on a large project that requires a specialist to assess the collection program, we’re available any time to educate your team about your recycle & waste blueprint. We’ve worked on-site, via phone, email and via Skype with many large organizations to help improve their collection program by mapping out the best locations for collection.

Also, the use of Busch Systems containers for recycling & waste collection contributes to LEED points. Click the button below for more information about how our bins help achieve those points.

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Using Busch Systems Recycling & Waste Bins in Millwork

At Busch Systems, we pride ourselves on our ability to produce customized containers for a wide variety of collection programs. Using our containers for millwork applications is no exception. We work with numerous clientele that need containers designed to fit with their pre-designed building materials. Below are some of the specifications for our most popular bins used as pull-outs or pivot-outs, within drawers, or as recessed containers custom designed into cabinetry.

Sustainable Products

The amount of recycled content used in our containers is extremely important to our overall company goals of helping ourselves and our customers achieve sustainability.

All Busch Systems containers are 100% recyclable. Some of our containers use up to 99% recycled content and most containers have at least 65% recycled content. The minimum standard we have set for our containers is 25% to ensure we’re achieving a high level of sustainability while meeting the highest durability standards.

Durability is a key component of sustainability. Achieving 100% recycled content is fantastic, but if that product does not last, the goal of sustainability is not met. This is due to the fact that more products have to be recycled, manufactured and shipped, meaning a larger carbon footprint and a less-sustainable product line.

Every year, we look to improve our minimum standard and you can watch our progress on our sustainability page to see how well we’re doing!

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Well-Designed Recycling & Waste Collection Saves Money

Seattle’s Westin Hotel (Aka the Green Hotel) overhauled their sustainability program in 1993 to include recycling the standard commodities, along with kitchen grease. Today, 30% of the hotel’s waste is recycled, equaling 280 tons annually with a combined savings and revenue from recycling totaling over $30,000 per year.

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Although office buildings do not have the same issue as apartments in regards to anonymity and individualism—which leads to a lack of responsibility and lower recycling rates—they share the issue of convenience.

In a busy office, no one has the time to sit around and figure out what material goes in which recycling, waste or organics container. Nor does an individual always have the time to walk to a centralized recycling and waste station to discard their waste, recyclables or compostables.

Our 30 years of experience in office recycling—paired with a recent study by Keep America Beautiful—has shown us that a combination of centralized and deskside recycling and waste collection is the key to sustainability success. This knowledge has led us to design a number of recycling, waste and organics containers perfectly suited for the office environment.

Improving Office Recycling Rates

In a national poll conducted about recycling behavior, 87% of respondents said they typically recycle at home, but the rate of recycling at work drops considerably to 47%.

By following the recommendations ascertained by the 2014 study, offices in the “Little Trash” scenario raised their recycling rate from 65 to 85 percent, reduced the amount of recyclables in the trash from 29% to 13% percent and even reduced the amount of office paper waste to zero!

A marked improvement over the national average of 47 percent!

Saving Your Organizations Money by Recycling

Recycling saves money by reducing the cost of disposal fees and gaining the value of the recycled materials once they’re recycled.

In 2011, Lockheed Martin conducted a recycling audit of their office in Moorestown, NJ. In one year they found that by simply recycling their cardboard and paper, they reduced their landfill costs by $10,834.32. By recycling Co-mingled Bottles & Cans, they saved an additional $1,783.77.

Americans discard 4 million tons of office paper every year – enough to build a 12-foot high wall of paper from New York to California. According to the Worldwatch Institute, only 45% of paper is recycled.

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From stadiums to dorm rooms, cafeterias to classrooms, Busch Systems has been designing recycle and trash bins for Colleges & Universities for over 30 years. Our experience working with educational facilities has taught us that containers need to be durable, practical for both students and faculty and have customizable options to promote both recycling programs and school spirit.

When it comes to bins for Colleges & Universities, we get an A+ in:

  • Durable recycle & trash station options for both indoor and outdoor use
  • Wide variety of styles to fit all environments on campus
  • Customizable options to showcase school logos & colors
  • Bins with recycled content to fulfill most bid requirements
  • Fire resistant options available

What better way to make your campus recycling program and school pride shine on its way to zero waste than with containers from Busch Systems!

According to a recent report, increasing the national diversion and recycling rate to 75 percent by 2030 would total over 2.3 million jobs; therefore boosting our national economy by 65,824 jobs each year if we increased our recycling rate linearly at 2.25% per year until 2030.

The report, “More Jobs, Less Pollution” , also estimates that by using a much higher level of recycled materials in manufacturing plants, we can reduce global warming pollution by as much as 276 million metric tons by 2030, an amount equal to eliminating the emissions of approximately 72 coal-fired power plants or taking 50 million cars off the road (equivalent to 1 of every 24 vehicles on the road today).

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Public spaces are designed to be frequented and enjoyed by the masses, without recycling and waste receptacles in place, people are bound to get frustrated with the lack of a location to put their refuse, meaning your public spaces may soon become riddled with litter, turning your streets and parks in an eyesore.

That’s what public recycling and waste containers prevent from happening! Properties such as parks, streets, bus stops, trails or any other public space that need a mass waste and recycling collection program. Busch Systems public space bins are highly durable and completely customizable with options for both indoors and outdoors.

Our containers have been designed and built to handle high traffic public spaces, whether inside or outside, our recycling and waste bins are:

  • Durable, long lasting and resistant to the elements
  • Lockable and secure
  • Customizable for a changing collection programs

Having collection containers in your public spaces cuts down on litter, showing the members of your community a commitment to the environment while keeping your public spaces beautiful.

Did you know?

By implementing recycling carts in parks all over the city, Toronto saw an increase in the diversion rate of delivered material from 1% in 2006 to 21% in 2012, and diversion rate in park receptacles from 14% in 2008 to 22% in 2013. The installation of proper signage also saw a decrease in the recycling contamination rate from 46% in 2008 to 39% in 2013.



Busch Systems has long-standing relationships with many such teams and we offer a variety of stadium recycling and waste containers that will maximize exposure for both environmental choices and team pride as all bins can be customized to showcase team colors and identity.

It’s Game Day! Fire up the BBQ and get ready to tailgate, grab a cold beverage in the stands by third base or look from the nosebleeds to see what celebrities are sitting courtside.

In 2013, it was estimated that over 17 million people attended professional league games and over 48 million attended college matches. That would add up to over 65 million fans consuming and discarding waste…about 20,000 tons of it annually.

Considering it would take 54,000 cubic feet to cover the football field one foot deep in waste and the average cubic foot of garbage weighs 0.01 tons; this means an average of 37 football fields covered in waste (1 ft high) per year.

How to manage all of that waste? Perhaps surprisingly to some, most of the major Leagues and schools are on the forefront of Sustainability initiatives and have realized that their exposure to the masses offers a great way to educate while they entertain. Teams tackle their green efforts with large-scale and complex diversion programs and a variety of other programs to tackle carbon footprint, energy and water consumption and community involvement to promote environmental change.

Organizations such as the non-profit Green Sports Alliance offer additional resources and supports to teams and leagues. Launching nationally in 2011, GSA aims to ‘green the world through sport’ and encourages sports personnel to swap ideas and opportunities to improve sustainability efforts.

Recycling Success at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado

In 2008, CU-Boulder\’s Ralphie\’s Green Stampede initiative to move the campus toward a zero-waste football stadium made Colorado University the first major collegiate or professional sports program in the United States to undertake such a sustainability measure.

Since 2008, recyclables and compostables are collected each week at around 25 zero-waste stations inside and around the stadium. Student volunteers monitor the stations and advise patrons of proper materials separation steps. ROTC units conduct recycling and compost removal during stadium cleanup.

From 2008-2010, the Ralphie’s Green Stampede program resulted in the collection of more than 242,000 pounds (109 tons) of recyclables and compostables.

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Healthcare is pivotal to any community, and a top-notch recycling program within a healthcare facility shows your commitment to the health of both people and the planet. Healthcare facilities also pose a unique challenge when it comes to choosing the right bins for your collection needs. On the one hand, there are areas like waiting rooms, office spaces, entrances and cafeterias where collection requirements are not as complicated, on the other hand, you have medical areas that require specialized streams in order in handle the unique material that a healthcare facility produces.

Busch Systems can help you achieve this! Key features of our bins include:

  • Designed to be durable and long-lasting
  • Containers that fit all budgets
  • Several lockable designs for security
  • Fire resistant options available

Did you know?

Of the total amount of waste generated by health-care activities, about 85% is general, non-hazardous waste comparable to domestic waste. The remaining 15% is considered hazardous material that may be infectious, toxic or radioactive.

Hospitals in the US produce more than 5.9 million tons of waste annually and produce 33lbs of medical waste per day per staffed bed.

The numbers are staggering, but think of these figures as an opportunity to make a significant impact on waste diversion! Recycling and waste container with custom signage and label options can educate staff, patients, and visitors on your recycling program while ensuring that material is sorted correctly.

Hospitals can generate unique types of waste, and we’ll be happy to work with you to find a solution that works best for your facility, whether it be through labels, signage, or customized bins, our knowledge of the recycling industry will turn your Healthcare Facility into a recycling powerhouse!

We’re bound to have the right bin to the unique healthcare facility needs. Properly disposing of medical waste keeps diseases and infections from spreading and keeps our planet clean. Click below to see the varied selection of bins we have to help your healthcare facility combat any recycling & waste issues you may have.

Events are a fantastic opportunity to flex your waste diversion muscle, big or small, we’re here to help you get the bins that’ll help you achieve your events collection goals. Think of events, both outdoor and indoor, as temporary communities that have the usual needs of a town or a small city, and with any gathering of humanity there’s going to be waste.

With the right bins, you give event goers the power to make a positive impact on the environment, making recycling and waste collection an important part of your overall event experience. There’s lot of preparation and planning that go into an event, you can rest assured that whichever one of our bins you choose for your collection program, they’ll be there for you to handle the all the material produced by your event.

Busch Systems bins are perfect for your event because they are:

  • Designed to be durable and long-lasting
  • Priced to fit all budgets
  • Available in varying capacities for you event needs
  • Easily customized to match your event branding

Did you know?

By introducing waste diversion, the Calgary Stampede recycled 910,000 beverage containers in 2015, collected 46.03 metric tons of cardboard and recyclables in 2014, and saved 3,000 trees by recycling cardboard and paper from 2012-2013!

Events and festivals can create a huge amount of waste so the environmental impact of your gathering can also factor into the current and future success of your event. Allowing attendees to feel like their making a positive impact on the environment makes their total event experience all the better!

The amount of material that is diverted from landfills by recycling at an event can be staggering, but seeing the results of your planning and the investment that go into implementing a waste diversion program make it worthwhile. Not doing so is, quite literally, a waste!

Recycling comes in all shapes and sizes, but not every recycling bin does. Our experience over the years has shown us that unique and interesting recycling needs can pop up when you least expect it.

That’s why we’ve created the Busch Systems Specialty recycling and waste bins, designed for niche circumstances such as battery recycling, organics or e-waste.

Busch Systems containers are incredibly durable and are designed to last in their respective indoor and outdoor conditions. In short, key features of our bins include:

  • Designed to be durable and long-lasting
  • Containers that fit all budgets
  • Several lockable designs for security
  • Fire resistant options available

Every bin serves its purpose, if you don’t find what you need here, feel free to contact us and we’ll do our best to design a container for your specific needs!

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One of the main reasons that I choose Busch Systems recycling containers for the campus of Youngstown State University is because of their high-quality recycled-content product lines  

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