Like trash cans a recycling bin holds items until they are picked up for proper disposal. They go by a variety of names and sizes. There are often "cans" or "baskets" for collection within a home or office. With larger bins or crates that are put out at a street or alley for pick-up by a private service or local government agency. Terminology and methods both vary widely from one locale to another.
Some places require that the recycling be separated. Common categories are plastic, paper and metal. Some places will pick up a more limited selection of items than other places -- for instance which types of plastic are recycled.