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Case Study

Bates College

Bates College


Campus Wide Waste & Recycling Bins

Max-R first partnered with Bates College in 2015 to design bins for the campus food service areas. After receiving their initial order, Bates College reached out with a unique need. They wanted a waste and recycle bin that had a funnel to help collect liquids.


After the initial consultation and in order to make the goals set in place by Bates a reality, our ideation team went to work in conceiving the best solution to the pain points addressed.


In conjunction with the Bates’ Custodial Supervisor and Sustainability Coordinator, Max-R’s Engineering and Design team created a waste and recycle bin that would allow users to discard of their leftover liquids. The unique stream was designed to be a part of their standard bin, but the circle opening would connect to a funnel that emptied into a bucket inside of the bin, allowing for quick and clean servicing of the bin.


Our design team crafted a 3D rendering with all of the desired customization. It was determined that Bates would provide its own messaging to be interchangeable within the header board. Once the configurations, graphics, and colors are approved by Bates, our engineering team drafted a functioning proof for final sign-off.

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The Results

They speak for themselves, don’t they? With the inclusion of liquid capture, Bates was able to get closer to their Zero Waste goals.

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