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    blaue Tonne / blue bin >>> US equivalent?

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    blaue Tonne / blue bin >>> US equivalent?

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    I've been asked to translate a text about recyclable household waste from the "blaue Tonne".  In Britain, that's the "blue bin", but the client wants US English. How would American LEO users express the idea of "blue bin waste" or "putting waste in the blue bin"?

    Any help much appreciated!
    Authorcaptain flint (782544) 19 May 16, 18:12
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    We also have blue "trash containers" for recyclables. The city of Los Angeles calls them "trash bins," some people also call them "trash carts," probably because they're on wheels.
    #1Authordude (253248) 19 May 16, 18:18
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    Was kommt denn in die "blaue Tonne" rein ? Hier sammeln wir darin Altpapier ... da wäre "waste paper container/bin" eine Möglichkeit ...
    #2Authorno me bré (700807) 19 May 16, 18:21
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    From the LA Sanitation page: ... recyclable items, such as: all clean paper (newspaper, envelopes, magazines, cartons, phone books, flyers, etc.); cardboard & corrugated boxes; glass bottles & jars; aluminum cans; tin & metal food cans; aerosol & paint cans (must be empty & dry); all plastics marked 1 through 7 (jugs, bottles, tubs, containers); all clean plastic bags & film plastic (grocery, dry cleaning, packaging, etc.); metal & plastic hangers; aluminum foil & trays; all clean polystyrene products (plates, cups, containers, egg cartons and packing materials).
    #3Authordude (253248) 19 May 16, 18:45
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    #1 "Container" or indeed "bin" then.  Thanks a lot!
    #4Authorcaptain flint (782544) 19 May 16, 18:52
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    San Jose, CA uses single-stream recycling, and the bins provided for that (gray with a blue lid) are commonly referred to as "recycling bins" or "recycling carts". See San Jose's recycling guide for details of the items that may be placed in recycling bins. Example usage:

    Neal Schulman stared at his gray recycling cart. A red "Non-Collection Notice" stared back. [...] Schulman is hardly the only San Jose resident confused about what goes into the recycling bin and what doesn't. [...]

    #5AuthorNorbert Juffa (236158) 19 May 16, 19:30
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    The main thing is to be sure to say what kind of recycling the blue bin is for -- paper and cardboard, for instance, if #2 is right -- because here a lot of recycling is single-stream, so you don't have to separate it yourself at home.

    (However, some single-stream is evidently better than others. Looking at #3 I'm envious -- we have to put styrofoam, green glass, hangers, and aerosol cans in the trash aka landfill, take brown or white glass to the recycling center ourselves, and take plastic bags to the supermarket, because none of that is accepted by curbside recycling.)
    #6Authorhm -- us (236141) 19 May 16, 20:28
     
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