Area artists competed to put their work on the sides of eight new recycling bins in downtown Greenville.
Now, they want to people to let people know what to put in them.
Eight recycling bins were installed up and down Main Street, from near the Hyatt to Fluor Field in the West End, before Christmas.
Each has a piece of art recreated on their sides. Sixty-four artists competed in a 24-hour contest, “Flat Out Under Pressure” for the right to have a piece of their art appear on the bins for a year.
The bins are starting to be used, but people have been dumping in things that can’t be recycled, said Elizabeth Garrison, whose company is servicing the bins.
The bins have room for plastic and glass bottles, aluminum cans and paper, she said.
Disposable food containers, wrappers and napkins should not be thrown into the recycling bin but rather thrown in nearby trash receptacles, she said. Plastic bags also cannot be recycled, she said.
The recycling bins are also not for residential use, she said.
“We want people to think twice before they throw items in the trash because we want to keep as much out of the landfill as we can,” Garrison said. “But we also want them to think twice before putting things into the recycle bins as well to make sure what they have is recyclable.”