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iBIN Recycling Program

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The California Department of Conservation awarded the City of Davis grant funding to implement a new recycling program at multi-family properties in Davis—the iBIN Recycling Program.

The iBIN Recycling Program provideed each apartment unit with its own recycle bin. These iBINs (in-apartment recycling bins) made it easier for residents to collect and transport recycling from their apartments to the recycling carts in their community's trash enclosure.

iBINs were given out for free to multi-family properties in Davis. Currently, the City does not have any more iBINs in stock to give away. iBINs can be purchased at Davis Ace Hardware.

Program information for Apartment Managers:



What is the iBIN Recycling program?
The City of Davis Recycling Program received a grant from the California Department of Conservation to purchase recycle bins for multi-family properties in Davis. With this program, each apartment received their own iBIN recycling container to collect recyclables.


Why the need for individual containers for residents?
In 1989, Assembly Bill 939 was signed into law, requiring that all cities recycle 50% of their waste. In order to maintain this goal, we need to recycle as much as we possibly can. We want to make recycling easy for Davis residents. Single-family homes in Davis have their own recycling cart, so it makes sense that residents in apartment units have their own as well. On campus housing uses these same recycling bins, so students moving into off-campus apartments are already familiar with these. The presence of a recycling container in the home is also a visual reminder to recycle.



Do the residents get to keep the recycling containers?
No, the iBIN recycling containers remain the property of the program. While each apartment unit may have its own iBIN, the iBIN does not belong to the residents.  When residents move, they must leave their iBIN behind. Apartment managers are asked to add the iBIN recycling container to the inventory checklist so that residents are responsible for their iBIN's return at the end of their stay.


What is an iBIN?
An iBIN, or in-apartment recycling bin, is a small recycling container that was purchased by the City with grant funds and given to each apartment unit in Davis. The iBIN should stay in the apartment to be used for collecting and transporting recycling. The iBINs are small, 6 gallon containers (13" x 13" x 12") with a handle, so they are easy to carry back and forth to the community recycling carts. The iBINs have labels on them that explain what materials are recyclable and a note that the iBIN is the property of the City of Davis.



If an apartment property chooses to receive iBINs from the City, what are the duties of the property manager?
As part of participating, we ask that the apartment managers do the following:

  1. Inform residents in advance about the program. The City Recycling Program will provide a draft letter to use as a template or to copy.
  2. Distribute the iBINs, recycling guides and the letter provided by the City to the residents.
  3. Add the iBIN to the apartment check-out list so residents know to leave them behind when they move out. Some managers in the pilot program had residents bring their iBINs to the office as they checked out, just to make sure they were left behind.
  4. Collect discarded iBINs and report back to the City of Davis Recycling Program if you see any iBINs abandoned by dumpsters or thrown away.


What happens if residents take iBINs with them when they move?
We cannot expect that 100% of the iBINs will be left behind when residents move-out. Unfortunately, over time some iBINs may be broken or misplaced. If that happens, the City Recycling Program will not hold apartment managers or residents financially responsible for the iBINs. To replace a lost iBIN, you can contact Davis Ace Hardware to purchase a new bin. However, the best way to ensure that the iBINs are not be taken is for apartment managers to add the iBINs to the check-out list and make residents responsible for them.