Recycling household waste is an important way to help preserve the planet, but separating cans, bottles and paper takes up significant space. Even if you have plenty of space for recycling storage outdoors or in the garage, you probably appreciate the convenience of keeping recycling bins right in the kitchen. While having your cabinets professionally remodelled to incorporate specialised waste receptacles is an option, there are more creative ways to store recycling in the kitchen that save space and cost less.
If you're short on square footage, opt for a vertical solution. You may not be able to fit three separate bins side-by-side anywhere in your kitchen, but stacked bins have a small enough footprint to squeeze into even the smallest spaces. While you'll find an abundance of vertically stacked units designed specifically for collecting recycling on the market, don't overlook a storage solution that isn't made just for recycling. A laundry cart or office organiser might be a cheaper, more attractive option.
Utilise a Corner Cabinet
If your kitchen cabinetry includes a lower corner cabinet equipped with a Lazy Susan, outfit it with small bins. Since corner cabinets are often underutilised, it's unlikely that you'll miss keeping this space available for anything else.
Re-Purpose a Deep Drawer
Like a corner cabinet, a deep lower drawer often becomes a cluttered storage space for the usual kitchen gear. If you can relocate those items that currently reside in such a space, you can turn it into a convenient spot for all of your recycling. Place shallow plastic bins in the drawer to separate recyclable waste and transfer to the garage as they fill up.
Make Them Multi-Task
If extra floor space isn't an issue in your kitchen, consider purchasing a rolling cart equipped with drawers or a shelf to accommodate bins underneath. This option not only provides space for recycling, but an extra work surface, as well. Another option that does double-duty is a storage bench with a flip-up lid. Place small bins inside and you won't even know they're there. Plus, you gain extra seating.
Hang Them Up
Kitchen recycling bins don't have to be bins at all. Mount hooks on the wall and hang attractive laundry bags to collect your recycling. Laundry bags are durable and less bulky than bins when the time comes to carry them outside. You can toss them in the wash when they get dirty.
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- The Savvy Life; Recycling: Think Outside the Bin; Rosemary Picado; February 2008
- Treehugger; Clutter-Free Recycling Bin; Bonnie Alter; October 2006
- Scream News: How to Hide Your Kitchen Waste Bin
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