Home Recycling Containers Hall of Fame {Part 2}

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Do you have home recycling containers throughout your house?


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That was one of the tasks in the 52 Weeks to an Organized Home Challenge, which asked everyone to create a home recycling center.

Lots of people took this challenge, or wanted to show off the containers and bins they had already placed in their home, so I've actually created this second part of the hall of fame.

I hope you enjoy the pictures and ideas from readers below (scroll down to see them all).

If you get inspired to set up your own home recycling center, I suggest you follow the steps in the challenge (see the link above).

Be sure to take pictures of your bins and containers, both inside or outside your home, and send them in and the best ones will be featured in the Home Organization Hall of Fame!

Lots of real life home recycling containers and bins, as shown in use in people's homes, to show you practical ways to organize your recyclables in your kitchen and elsewhere in your home {on Home Storage Solutions 101} #OrganizingTips #OrganizedHome #Recyclinguse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Top photo courtesy of Helder Mira

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Finally Set Up Our Recycling Station!

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Paula sent in the photo above, and she said, "We finally set up our recycling station.

We got the white box at IKEA for $12.99 and the stickers for 50 cents.

I have no before pictures, just imagine a trash bag under the sink!"



Here's another photo of a simple recycling station, as well as the place to collect trash, sent in by a reader, Linda.

Separated bins for trash and recycling {see more home recycling containers used in real life on Home Storage Solutions 101}

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Stacked Recycling Bins For The Narrow Space Available In My Laundry Room

Stacked recycling bins for sorting recyclables in a narrow space, such as here in the laundry room {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}


You need to choose bins or containers that work in the space you've got on hand, which is exactly what a reader, Barbara, did when she found these stackable bins that worked in her laundry room.

You can find similar stackable containers here:

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Under The Sink Labeled Home Recycling Containers

by Wendysinfamilie.blogg.no

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Before After

Here's a blog post from Wendysinfamilie.blogg.no who is following along with the challenges, and also worked on her home recycling center.

I couldn't read the blog words, since I only speak English, but you can tell she has her recycling held under her sink. She already had everything separated out with different containers under there, but during the challenge she took the time to create some labels for them.

I think this is great, since labels can really help you know which bin to throw various items in (and help guests and kids do the same!)

***Update: Wendy shared this with me:

I have now put a google translator on top of my blog so all you that don't read Norwegian also can see what I have written :-)
So, there you go, I need to go back and read what she said, and you should too!***

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Our Recycling Cabinet: Before And After

by Tricia
(San Jose, CA, USA)

Tricia shared how she improved the way her family recycles, even in a really tight space.

Tricia says:

Our home is small and 100 years old. As a result, I need to maximize every inch in our home by being really organized.

For the recycling challenge, I was working with a small cabinet (20 inches deep, 16 inches wide, 27 inches high). Our previous “system” (an old trashcan that fit the space but overflowed within two days) was really driving my husband crazy.

For the challenge, I purchased two new bins. Due to the narrow width of my cabinet, the bins need to be pulled out for use, but they work fine.

I made cute stickers to identify each bin for my kids and put down Mexican oil cloth for easy cleaning for the inevitable schmutz that gets on the bottom of the cabinet.

My husband is really happy with the change, so this is a win/win on the home front!

Taylor says:

Thanks Tricia for sharing your picture and tips for what you did.

It sounds like you really thought it through, and worked with the space you have. Yes, it is a definite improvement, and the labels and the protection for the floor of the cabinet are nice touches that will help you use and enjoy your recycling center even more. Brava!

Here's another photo sent in by another reader, Helena, who also used this challenge to get her recycling station organized.

Home recycling center, on wheels, so it can be moved as needed {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}


Helena said, "Finally got my recycling centre sorted. It's on wheels for ease of moving when needed."

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Don't Need Lots Of Bins Because Of Single Stream Recycling System

by Ferris @ The Hamman Family Blog

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After - 1 After - 2 Before

Ferris from The Hamman Family Blog shared her before and after pictures from this challenge.

She explained in her blog post that her family didn't need lots of bins because their area had what is called a single stream recycling system, where all recyclables are collected together instead of having to be separated.

However, she does separate her aluminum cans since she gives those to someone to recycle where they then use the money for charity.

Point is, however, that she didn't need an elaborate system, and she just had to add one bin for additional recyclables, next to her trash can and the bin she collects the cans in.

A step she wanted to accomplish that is not shown in the pictures however, is to label each container, with "trash only," "cans only," and "recyclables" so that everyone knew what went where.

That's a good point. I've been confused as a guest in people's home sometimes as to where the trash versus the recycling is, or what recycling can go where. A little bit of labeling can help both guests and forgetful family members.

A vinyl decal, such as the one shown on the right, might just do the trick as a simple label if you've got two similar containers next to each other, so everyone knows where to put the right items.

Here's another example from a reader, Heather, who has single stream recycling, and therefore only needed one bin.

Example of a pull out trash can inside kitchen cabinets, where you can have both a can for trash and another for recycling {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}


Heather said, "I've had a pull out trash can I got at Lowes. They come in several sizes and use your existing cabinetry. Trash in front and recycling in back!"

You can choose the hardware and parts to allow you to have either a single, or a double can within your kitchen cabinets.

Here are some available:

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I Keep My Recyclables In My Pantry Since I Have Single Stream Recycling

Example of a recycling container held in the pantry {see more home recycling bins on Home Storage Solutions 101}


Above is a photo from a reader, Virginia, who also has a single stream recycling system in her area.

She said, "We have curbside recycling weekly that doesn't need to be sorted. I gather daily items in a tote in my pantry and empty when full (mostly over-ful!!)"

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Three Containers For Sorting In Our Garage

Three recycling containers in the garage, set up for sorting the recyclables in the household {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}


Kelly sent in the photo above of her recycling center, which she set up in her garage.

She said, "I finally labeled the bins in the garage: paper, plastic#1&2, and metal, glass, other. We do not have curbside pickup, but fortunately live about two miles from a recycle collection center.

We drop items off about every 3 weeks."

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Outdoor Storage Of Large Recycling Bins

Trash and recycling containers stored outdoors {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}


Not everyone keeps their recycling bins indoors, at least not some of the big ones. Here are some photos from readers who showed their outdoor bins and containers.

The photo above is from a reader, Mary. She said, "Our rather small Georgia town has a wonderful curb-side recycling program. For a one time rental fee of $25 you have a large blue recycling container. The green is for other garbage. I keep a smaller container in the garage and empty that into the big blue every few days. The county also has recycling centers for those outside the city limit pick up."

Pink recycling container stored outdoors {featured on Home Storage Solutions 101}


A similar photo was also sent in, above, by another reader, Annmarie, who said, "We pay for our recycling, only one trash collection company collects recycling and it is $5 a month that is donated to one of the breast cancer organizations.

They take paper, cardboard, cans and some plastics.

I get the plastics confused but I'm pretty sure water bottles and milk jugs.

We keep it next to the kitchen exit door and carry it to the bin as needed.

There is also a recycle drop off about a mile away that takes glass and wood as well.

There are two of us and our normal trash works out to less than a standard white kitchen bag a week."

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Kitchen Recycling Containers Plus Trash Cans Throughout House

by Bec @ 2012 - The Year of Challenges
(Adelaide, Australia)

Kitchen recycling containers

Kitchen recycling containers

Kitchen recycling containers Trash can for bathroom Laundry room trash cans Trash can for kid's room

Bec from 2012 - The Year of Challenges did the steps of this week's challenge, and showed off her handy work.

First, she already had her recycling containers in her kitchen, next to the refrigerator. That was a nice way to use up some otherwise wasted space!

Then, she also made sure she placed trash cans in every room of the house, to keep trash from accumulating and piling up so much. She got cute little trash cans for the bathroom, laundry room and kids' rooms, for example.

I thought her idea for the laundry room trash cans was especially good. She got two trash cans. One for lint and other trash accumulated and created in the room. However, the other trash can was used to collect stuff that she found in her family's pockets as she did the wash.

Only thing I'd say would be to make sure the two were properly labeled, so you didn't start throwing stuff in the wrong one. I like having a "lost and found" in the laundry room though. Plus, I personally say all money found in pockets is mine! That helps everyone clean out their pockets before putting stuff in the hampers! :)



Have You Been Inspired To Get Organized Now?

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I hope these pictures and ideas have helped inspire you to create and maintain a place in your home for your recycling.

If you've been inspired I encourage you to do the steps in week #6 of the challenge all about trash and recycling, and then share your photos with me here. I'd love to feature you in the hall of fame too!

Once you've done the challenge you can submit your accomplishments here and I'll add the best ones to the site!

Further, as you may be able to tell this is just one of the many parts of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site. I'd love it if you joined the challenges because over the course of the year it can help you organize your entire house, from top to bottom.

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One smart move and one big challenge
by: Anonymous

My one smart move was putting an additional tall trash can under our entry shelf to receive all the junk mail right when it comes in the door. It is also conveniently located for desk/crafts/school paper waste. I like the idea of a small recycling container in each room, since packaging, tags, and other paper sometimes ends up in bedroom trash cans. (I do hang a plastic shopping bag on the bathroom doorknob for TP tubes.) What I still haven't figured out is the kitchen recycling bins (and compost), which are almost always full. We have very limited indoor space, so emptying them outside needs to happen regularly but is a real pain in winter. Thanks for giving me ideas to think about while I go put on my boots and empty those silly bins!

Recycling container for small apartment
by: Anonymous

Hello, I have a small, 2 bedroom, low income, type apartment, I rent in a small town. I need advice on containers to use, and places to store container for recycling. My biggest issue is the dump/recycle center in my town is only open on Tuesday & Saturdays. My next biggest issue is I can't drive, so I would have to go with my parents to the dump/recycling center. My parents only go to the dump/recycling center once a month. Because of the fact that I would only be able to get to the dump/recycling center once a month, I would end up having a ton of stuff to recycle. My biggest issue is, I don't have a lot of space where I live, so I need to figure out a system that would work in my small apartment. Also I have a small porch, but I am not allowed to store anything on my porch except porch furniture. Any tips or ideas would be helpful. Thanks.

Green bin options
by: Anonymous

Why can't I find kitchen green bins that match decor? Like stainless or colours.

look to the library
by: l. w.

To Anonymous in small apartment,
This is probably years too late, but one suggestion would be to request a bin from your recycling center (a phone call should do the trick). In "Zero Waste Home", she got her trash down to a quart canning jar a year! Saved 40% on household expenses too.

match recycle bins to decor
by: Anonymous

to anonymous that wants recycling bins that match décor contact paper it also comes in stainless steel check out amazon I covered my trash can in stainless and love it also my out dated freezer it looks great with my other appliances now

how I recycle in a studio apartment
by: Judy Hollandsworth

I live in a studio apartment, so my bins are dollar tree specials. I have them on a shelf in the pantry, paper, plastic and aluminum are in one green trash can in the kitchen. Garbage is in a small closed container under the sink. Another paper recycle container is a wicker basket next to where I open mail. I recycle weekly for most of it at the apartment recycle bin and take glass, metal and cardboard off-site once a month at least, sometimes more often, if I have large cardboard boxes. plan to put a recycle bin inside door in bathroom.

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