Over at The Good Human, David was talking recently about his neighbor who thinks it's too much work to recycle. Recycling can totally be a hassle if you don't have the right tools for sorting things out. Some municipalities take everything together, but others require that you separate your recyclables. No matter what the rules are where you live, we've got you covered with these attractive, handy bins!
This stainless steel bin is perfect for folks who have to separate glass, plastic, and cans. It's got three 15L compartments that pull out, so it's easy to take your recyclables out to the curb. The color coded pedals make it super-simple to keep things all nice and sorted.
If your area has single-stream recycling, this is a great space saver. Simple Human combines trash and recycling in one bin with two inner containers. They encourage you to get the special Simple Human bags for this system, but that's definitely not necessary. You can use regular bags in the Simple Human cans with just a little tucking and save a ton of money!
3. Ben the Bin
We love a simple solution! Ben the Bin comes in three colors for easy sorting, and it uses regular, plastic grocery bags for storage. Sure, we try our best to always bring a reusable bag to the store, but somehow those plastic bags seem to creep into the kitchen from time to time. Might as well use them to sort the recycling!
Another two-in-one system, you could use this as a station for trash and recycling or for just recyclables, if your city has you separating into two categories. Each compartment holds 20L and pulls out, so it's easy as pie to empty. The pull out bins even have built in handles!
Over at the Fun Times Guide to Living Green, Jeffrey shows you how to build a recycling center right into your counter top! This is a great solution for small living spaces, especially if you don't have a garage or large outdoor bin to stash recyclables between pickups. This clever project uses wooden plates and little doorknobs as the lids, which keeps the bin from taking up too much counter space.
Gaiam's set of three leak-proof plastic bags use handy graphics to make sorting super-simple. The recycle bags look like a good solution to get kids in on the recycling action. The brightly-colored bags and the images on the front make it easy for kiddos to sort, and the bags are low enough to put recycling in their reach.