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    ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    Hi all,
    what does 'banks' mean here? I couldn't fine that definition in any dictionaries.

    Most supermarkets now provide reusable bags for shoppers as well as ‘banks’ for recycling glass, plastic and paper in their car parks. By reusing and recycling, we can help to reduce waste.

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    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    I'm surprised that dictionaries have been slow to catch up with this use of 'bank', as the word has been in use for a good number of years with this meaning.

    Think of it as a depository or a container to put recyclable things in.

    If you insist on confirmation by a dictionary, click here.

    I had to go quite a long way down this list before I found that.

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    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    Most do have the store/depository meaning:

    http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...merican/bank_1 (3a)
    https://www.collinsdictionary.com/di...y/english/bank (5)

    Maybe they should add recycling to the list of things.

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    #4

    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    I wouldn't bank on it happening soon.

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    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    I haven't heard of it used this way. I've just heard them referred to as 'recycling drops' or 'recycling bins'.
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    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    The large public "bins" where people can take their recycling have been called "recycling banks" for as long as I can remember in the UK. The small boxes outside our houses where we put small amounts of household recycling (not every house in the country has one) are called "recycling boxes". Some councils provide larger receptacles for individual houses - those are "recycling bins".

    I have a recycling box outside my block of flats.
    My mum has a recycling bin outside her house.
    My friend in another town has to take all her recycling to the local recycling bank.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    I haven't heard of it used this way. I've just heard them referred to as 'recycling drops' or 'recycling bins'.
    We do have banks in the UK.

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    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I wouldn't bank on it happening soon.
    Teacher, what does sentence above mean?

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    #9

    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    Hmm, I'm curious if this is a BrE vs. AmE difference, or just my own ignorance.

    I've heard of various other banks such as food banks, but not recycling banks.
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    #10

    Re: ‘banks’ for recycling glass

    This American would not have associated "bank" and "recycling" before reading this thread.

    We call the boxes the trash company gives us "recycling bins".
    I am not a teacher.

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