Max-R Bins

Project Leads: Lin King, Amaia Schultz, Emily McKeon

Sponsor: Campus Recycling and Refuse Services

TGIF Grant: $28,600

Project Theme: Waste Reduction

Project Location

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: This project will implement new Max-R centralized collection bins for landfill, mixed paper, bottles and cans, and compost, in large student use buildings. The addition of the new units in highly trafficked student buildings will help familiarize students with proper incentives to divert their wastes.


  1. Provide students with more opportunities to recycle and compost on campus.
  2. Encourage waste diversion by providing the proper standardized bin infrastructure with clear signage on the centralized public collection bins. 
  3. Increase student awareness of the four different waste streams and proper recycling and composting practices.
  4. Increase the amount of overall campus waste diverted from the landfill, to help achieve the University’s Zero Waste by 2020 goal. 
  • As of June 1, 2015 all 10 Max-R bins have been delivered and are preparing for installation.
  • Locations chosen to include: Dwinelle Hall, Pimentel, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Golden Bear Cafe, Lower Sproul Plaza, and Evans Hall 
  • As of July 1, 2015, both Cesar Chavez and Golden Bear Cafe have received their Max-R bins and so far have proven to be successful at waste diversion.
  • Max-R bins being refurbished with new banners and lids to standardize signage and encourage waste diversion throughout campus.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.