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Set Up a Recycling Center

Organizing Good Things 2005, October 2005

Wide, interlocking bins with open faces and tops make it easy to sort recyclable goods. Screw metal label holders to the front of each bin with stove bolts; attach the bottom bin to a wide dolly with utility-drawer latches, available at hardware stores. The whole unit can be kept in the garage, then rolled out to the curb and unstacked with a minimum of effort.

Comments (10)

  • 28 Dec, 2008

    I went to Lowe's today and purchased recycling bins which included labels. The bins are attractive and I feel organized. Thanks for motivating me to start my recycling plan for 2009.

  • 28 Dec, 2008

    Sounds like a good idea I'll sure try it>>>

  • 26 Dec, 2008

    Our community - a small town of less than 3,000 population -- contracts our garbage pickup and the company we use has no recycle plan in place; however our school does for plastics and paper. This is a great idea to collect our own recycleables and by lining our bins with black garbage bags we can just gather the bags when full and transport them to the school to be emptied into their bins. Now to find a place for aluminum and glass. Thank you Martha for the sorting solution.

  • 26 Dec, 2008

    Instead of buying bins, I reuse the plastic 35lb cat litter pails. I keep separate pails for plastics, paper, metal and glass. Everything (doesn't need to be presorted here) goes in the municipal bin at the end of the week. I wash the pails and use again.

  • 25 Dec, 2008

    I purchased a Rubbermaid commercial recycle bin for our family of 5,we line it with 55 gal.plastic bag, it holds a weeks worth of recycling items, it is on wheels, we add the paper bins on top and roll it all out to the curb-easy on the back and no items loose in the neighborhood. Waste Pro approves of it also.

  • 25 Dec, 2008

    I have been looking for a recycling solution like this. This is one of thse "duh! why didnt' I think iof that? " moments. Thanks

  • 25 Jul, 2008

    I've got this in my laundry room, with some slightly smaller bins I bought at Lowe's. The sizes of the bins are just right for me to carry to the recycling (I'm in an apartment: no curb-service), without them getting too heavy. Also, it looks very tidy!

  • 27 Mar, 2008

    We found that with our recycling center in the garage, we were developing an unsightly pile at the end of the Kitchen counter. We transformed one lower cabinet using a dual trash can pull out unit, one bin for trash and the other for recycles. When we empty the recycles, we swap trash bags so the dirty bag is used for refuse and we have a clean recycle bin.

  • 29 Feb, 2008

    IKEA might not have these but they do have others that are great:
    SORTERA, 2 sizes $9 or $13 with lid but you can still put things in without lifting the top ones.

  • 27 Feb, 2008

    Where can you get these bins?