Bins & Signage

Waste separation containers are an important component of a successful waste diversion program at home, school, or the office. The following information is intended to help organizations and individuals find waste separation containers suitable to their needs.

Bin Signage

Divert NS has developed a set of colour-coded signs to help people manage waste in public places. These signs are suitable for indoor and outdoor use and are available in two sizes: mini (5x7”) and regular (8.5x11”).

Bilingual (English & French)


Click on the links above to print them yourself (refer to the “print your own signage” information below). Or, order copies from Divert NS free of charge using the Order Form (PDF).



Click on the links above to print them yourself (refer to the “print your own signage” information below). Or, order copies from Divert NS free of charge using the Order Form (PDF)

Trilingual (English, French & Mi’kmaq)


Electronic PDFs of these signs are available for you to print. Refer to the “print your own signage” information below.

Print your own signage

Click the links above to produce your own signage. Conditions: Under no circumstance will the above decals be altered by the user (no additional logos, resizing, recolouring, or similar acts). Signage files are provided free of charge. The user incurs all costs of printing, distributing and installing signage. Divert Nova Scotia reserves all copyright for the signs. Questions about signage can be forwarded to

Bin Guidelines

Source separation containers (bins) should be accessible, clean and aesthetically pleasing. The colour of the bins, and even the shape and size of the openings, can improve effectiveness. Use the following bin design basics to promote the best use of your waste sorting station.



Bin Tips

  • To avoid bin cross-contamination, leave the garbage opening uncovered. Also, put a lid on the opening for organics, hinged on the flat side.
  • All bin openings should be easily accessible to everyone.
  • Slant the top of the bin, so waste cannot be left unsorted.
  • Line all containers with clear plastic bags so waste can be easily identified. When full, the organics must be emptied into the green bin and the bag put in the garbage.

Bin Location

Cluster bins together in a central, easily accessible location.
Separating bins in different parts of a room can result in confusion and

Buy a Bin

Looking to buy one or more waste separation containers for your home, office or organization? There are many styles and options to choose from, including many that are made in Nova Scotia. This section provides a number of photos of indoor and outdoor multi-unit containers that are well designed to help ensure proper source separation.

Outdoor Bins
Outdoor multi-stream bins are a great solution for recycling and composting programs at your business, park, or community centre. When choosing a bin, pick one that is suited to your location and expected usage. For more information on individual brands, and purchasing options, follow the links below.


South Shore Concrete
(Made in Nova Scotia)

ABCO Squad Pod

(Made in Nova Scotia)

(Made in Nova Scotia)

Cleanriver Recycling Solutions

Busch Systems

OMG Atlantic

Indoor Bins
Depending on your needs, you may be looking for individual recycling and composting bins, or larger multi-stream units for common areas such as your lunch room or lobby. For more information on individual brands and purchasing options, follow the links below.