EcoTrack 11: Smart Binz takes recycling and makes it pretty

By Chris Vickers - email | bio

Posted by Kate Oatis - email

Smart Binz, a local corporation focusing on marrying recycling and art, is improving the look of the common recycling bin.

"I think they're a necessity, but why do they have to be ugly?" queried Smart Binz president Chris Harris about recycling bins. "Why do they have to be an eyesore? Why can't we try to beautify the streetscape and add value by having recycling receptacles and promoting our local artists in the community?"

Smart Binz containers do just that: Decorated with work by local artists, they encourage us to live green and keep Toledo clean.

"This is primarily a private sector project. It takes sponsorship to make this work from businesses throughout the area," Harris said.

Harris says the final design will be unveiled on Earth Day in April with the first bin showing up at select TARTA bus shelters.

"The receptacles will be manufactured in Toledo, so we are adding manufacturing jobs to the mix as well. We're adding green jobs, recycling awareness, recycling efforts and promoting the arts," Harris said. "It's not just talking about recycling awareness -- we are all aware of it -- but what are we doing about it and Smart Binz is actually doing something for our community."

Hundreds of Smart Binz receptacles are to be located around the Toledo community, offering us all a chance to pitch in.

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