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Recycling Solutions for Small Spaces

recycling solutions for small spaces including a small living room

Small Kitchen Recycling Ideas

We all love recycling, but sometimes the ecologically responsible choice takes up a lot of room! Recycling solutions for small kitchens and living spaces can be tricky. Every square foot counts, and of course you want to keep your home tidy. Before you start wishing they’d collect recycling every day, here are some helpful space-saving recycling ideas.

Single Container Recycling

Some cities, like our own Austin, Texas, use single-stream recycling. That means all the recycling goes into a single bin for collection. Even if your city doesn’t use single-stream recycling, you can still cut down to one container to save space. You should already clean or rinse off your recyclables, so putting them in one container won’t create a mess. Simply put everything in one bin that you can keep out of the way, and sort everything all at once when it’s time for drop off or collection.

Cabinet Recycling Solutions

Storage space is precious in a small kitchen, but there are ways to utilize unused space for your recycling! This could be as simple as finding containers that fit inside your cabinets or under the sink, but there are simple solutions to make it even easier on yourself.

recycling solutions for small spaces including a small kitchen that needs cabinet recycling storage

The simplest hidden recycling storage just hangs from the back of a cabinet door. These convenient bags or containers can be easily removed and cleaned, and can usually be installed without any tools. This is an ideal solution if you’re only dealing with a small amount of recyclables.

Sliding pull-out trash cans are easy to install, and kits can be purchased online or at your local hardware store. These setups often include more than one container, making for convenient recycling organizers. If you’re used to doing simple repairs around your home, installation should be easy. Just make sure to measure so that your bins will fit!

If you have corner shelving, you know how frustrating it can be for storage. But a rotating corner recycling center is a great way to utilize that space and keep your recycling out of the way. These units generally have three bins that rotate on a pole, much like a lazy susan. The bins can easily be taken in and out, keeping your recycling out of sight until collection day.

DIY Recycling Storage Ideas

Crafty recyclers have found plenty of great solutions for recycling storage. You can repurpose everything from laundry sorters to milk crates to shoe organizers. Plastic drawer storage is a popular solution. If it’s already taking up space, might as well put it to work, right? Reusing old storage is a clever way to make your recycling even more environmentally friendly.

When you’re considering DIY recycling ideas, don’t get stuck considering only rigid containers. One brilliant sorting solution is hanging laundry bags on hooks, which allows you to keep your recycling sorted and out of the way. Hooks can be installed in an out-of-the-way place or even on the back of a door. When the bags are not in use, they can be folded and put away.

Stackable Recycling Bins for Home

Stackable containers are a great way to reduce the space taken up by your recycling. Many stackable recycling containers are available to purchase, giving you all the options you need for size and height. Some brands are made in a modern style with a low profile, making them a stylish addition to your living space. I’ve also seen everything from plastic tubs to wicker baskets transformed into stackable recycling bins.

I hope you found a helpful recycling storage option. Even if you didn’t see the ideal method for your home, you probably saw something to inspire your own solution! And remember, if you ever need to get rid of a large amount of recycling in Austin that the city won’t take, call Duke’s at (512) 497-0457 or just swing by for a drop off. We’d love to see you!

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