Get Free Recycling Bins!

Great news for organizations interested in setting up or improving their recycling programs. Coca-Cola and the National Recycling Coalition have teamed up to offer businesses, churches, non-profits, schools, etc. free recycling bins. If you missed the first round of the grant application process there will be a second round sometime soon after the beginning of the year for additional grant applications. There should also be additional information and photos of the specific types of bins available at that time. Recycle More Minnesota will keep you posted as we learn more.

They will again be offering the 3 types of bins:

Bin Type #1: Special Event
These bins assemble quickly for easy set up and take down. They are collapsible and stackable for convenient storage. Although designed for limited use, with proper care and storage they may be used again. They will have approximately 20-35 gallons of collection capacity and restrictive openings in the lids. (75-400 bins possible for each grantee)

Bin Type #2: General Utility
The general utility bins are intended to be multi-purpose, adaptable for use either in public settings or as behind-the-scenes material handling bins. The bins will be plastic and have ease of mobility, while meeting acceptable aesthetics standards. They will have a capacity of 25 to 40 gallons. (50-300 bins possible for each grantee)

Bin Type #3: Prestige Location
These bins will meet the high aesthetic standards required for formal indoor or outdoor venues. Intended to be permanent or semi-permanent installations, they will have a refined exterior with restrictive lids. (5-15 bins possible for each grantee)

To apply for one of their bin grants, log on to If you are selected for a bin grant, you will be contacted to discuss delivery. Additional information about the program is available on the National Recycling Coalition’s website:

This is a great opportunity to improve public and private building recycling programs across the state which will ultimately save additional resources, energy, strengthen Minnesota’s economy, and reduce greenhouse gasses so stay tuned for more information on the next grant round.

For further information please contact:
Mark Rust Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 651-215-0198 [email protected]