Additional Google Attributes: Recycling Drop-Off

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:

Option Description Yext Categories
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.