Once upon a time in Green Your Decor land, recycling was a priority. The whole family removed labels, flattened boxes and carefully organized recyclables by type. But then life happened, and our recycling situation turned into this:
Yes. That is a plastic trash bag hanging from the heating closet in our kitchen. Not exactly the most attractive solution in the world, right?
The good thing is that we’re still recycling. But I knew we needed to come up with a better plan: One that would encourage us to do our part to recycle, but make the job easier for us — not harder. And one that would not take up additional space in our already narrow kitchen.
Thankfully, I’ve partnered with The Home Depot and Rubbermaid for America Recycled Day to find a recycling solution that will work for my family. The retailer has a great selection of Rubbermaid recycling products that can be personalized to fit almost any use — at home or at work — and they’re also really affordable. There’s no denying that Rubbermaid products are durable, so I had no doubt we’d be able to find something that would work for us.
But here’s the thing: We live in an apartment community that, thankfully, does offer recycling, which means that we no longer have to sort. But we still do have to take our recyclables out to the community entrance, where the “official” bins are located. This means we needed a recycling solution that keeps the recycling all in one place, but is portable. And for the decorator in me, I’d prefer it to either look great, or be out of sight altogether.
What can I say? Months of living with that trash bag in the kitchen has made me hate having to look at the recycling every day.
Thankfully, I found just the thing: the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycling Bin from HomeDepot.com.
It is designed to be mounted inside a cabinet with over the door hooks or screws. The bag, which has a handle and can be removed for easy dumping of recyclables into a larger container, is made from 65% post-consumer resin, which makes the bag itself eco-friendly. Plus, it is machine washable, because we all know that a bag used for recycling is going to get grimy over time. Score!
The only challenge will be figuring out where to put it, because we don’t have an empty cabinet in which to mount it. We do, however, have a space next to my husband’s desk in our office area, right off the kitchen. That spot seems like the perfect location: Easily accessible, but out of view most of time.
Visualize it with me, with the help of Photoshop:
Let’s just pretend that the recycling bin is turned sideways and mounted against the side of the desk. Use your imagination 🙂 Can you see it? I can!
The fact that the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler costs just $15.97 makes it an even more attractive choice. I can’t wait until we get our hands on one, because it will be a much more elegant recycling solution that my husband or stepson can easily tote to the curb at the front of the community for pickup.
If you need something a little different, you can try the Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycling Bin from HomeDepot.com, which has two bins for convenient sorting and can hold an 8-gallon trash bag.
If you need something both a little more rugged and more versatile, you can try the Rubbermaid Stackable Recycling Bins from HomeDepot.com, which are available in three different sizes and designed to stack together. This is a great option if you have to sort your recycling into several categories, or if you have a small or awkwardly sized space where you need to fit your recycling station.
Whatever your needs, you should be able to find a solution among the large assortment of Rubbermaid recycling options at homedepot.com, where you’ll have 44 different products to choose from. The point is that it is important to recycle and keep as much of your household waste out of the landfill as possible. Creating a dedicated space for this is one of the best ways to help yourself get in the habit of doing this. Or if you’re like my family, it’s a great way to renew your commitment to recycling and make sure that you do it regularly.
Disclosure: I’ve received compensation from Rubbermaid and The Home Depot for my time and efforts in creating this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.