As a part of an Earth Day 2021 initiative, Google Maps has released a new feature that allows businesses to inform customers where they can recycle locally, and exactly what drop-off options are available to them. Drop-off options can be inside or outside of a storefront and come in many forms such as recycling containers, kiosks, and dumpsters.
Based on the category of an entity, one or many of the following drop-off options will now be available to publish on Google Maps:
|Batteries||New or used household or phone batteries (i.e. alkaline, carbon-zinc, lithium, lithium-ion, silver oxide, and sealed lead-acid batteries as well as NiCad and NiMH batteries)||Electronics Store, Home Improvement Store, Recycling Center|
|Clothing||New or gently used clothing||Department Store|
|Electronics||New, used or broken consumer electronic devices (e.g. cell phones, laptops, cameras, etc.)l||Computer Repair Service, Computer Store, Electronics Repair Shop, Electronics Store, Recycling Center, Used Computer Store|
|Glass Bottles||Empty glass beverage or food bottles and/or jars||Grocery Store, Recycling Center|
|Household Hazardous Waste||Solvent-based paints, pesticides, garden chemicals, car batteries, motor oils, petrol, kerosene, cleaning or polishing chemicals, swimming pool or spa chemicals, etc.||Recycling Center|
|Ink and Toner||New or used ink cartridges and toner||Office Supply Store|
|Light Bulbs||New or used light bulbs||Electronics Store, Home Improvement Store|
|Metal Cans||Empty metal beverage or food cans||Grocery Store, Recycling Center|
|Plastic Bags||Plastic bags and packaging film (e.g. grocery bags, produce bags, bread bags, mailers, Ziplock bags, etc.)||Grocery Store, Department Store|
|Plastic Bottles||Empty plastic beverage bottles||Grocery Store, Recycling Center|
|Plastic Foam||Plastic packaging foam (e.g. molded polystyrene or styrofoam, packaging peanuts, etc.)||Mailing Service|
Users will be able to see what collection options are available on Google Maps cards as follows:
Locations that have an eligible GMB category will automatically see these fields in the Google My Business Attributes section of the entity profile in the Yext Knowledge Graph:
You can also see more information about ways to find and support eco-friendly places on Maps on Google’s blog.