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Stylish Recycling Bins for Greener Living

Updated on March 26, 2013

Recycling Bins You Won't Want to Hide in Your Garage!

Many of us are already committed to recycling whatever we can and reducing our impact on our planet. While recycling isn't nearly as useful as the hype it is an important step in sustainability. For those of us with city recycling programs at our disposal you may be using a standard issue recycle bin and while they are helpful, they are far from attractive. Hiding an ugly bin inside the garage might mean we skip the recycling step sometimes or we simply put up with an ugly bin in our kitchen. But that is a thing of the past!

Nowadays we have some gorgeous and functional recycling bins to choose from. They match our snazzy green décor better and they make it easier to recycle as much as we possibly can. I would be proud to have any of these recycling systems in my home. How about you?

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Stainless Steel Recycling Center

Sorting a pile of recycling can be messy and time-consuming, so this handy divided recycle bin from Neu Home is designed to keep things organized from the start. Fashioned from stainless steel for durability and sleek looks, the piece features three internal compartments for side-by-side collection of different recyclables. Each compartment removes individually for emptying, and bucket handles make them easy to carry. A boon when hands are full, the color coded step-on pedals open the lids independently and with very little effort. Also available in two-bin versions, the bin includes three 4-gallon containers for a total capacity of 12 gallons or 45 liters.

Recycle Bags

Made from recycled materials themselves, these handy reusable bags from Kangaroom stand up and stay open so that sorting and transporting recyclables is efficient and easy. A set of two, the bags are made from super strong polypropylene with reinforced handles, flat bottoms, and gusseted sides. They are both durable and dependable, and their inverse color schemes help simplify sorting. Also designed to double as gardening cleanup bags, the units measure 11 by 18 by 11 inches and can be folded flat when not in use. Completely washable, they rinse clean in the utility sink or with the hose and air dry quickly.

Easy Front Load Recycle Bins

Keep your recycling neatly organized in your kitchen, pantry or garage with this 6-gallon, plastic Front Load Recylcer in black from simplehuman, which can be stored under a cabinet or double-stacked vertically. The flip-up lid on the front of the Front Load has a dial that turns to clearly show what's stored inside-- aluminum, paper, plastic or glass--and it also includes a circular opening that's perfect for depositing cans and bottles. For larger items, a secondary lid lifts to reveal a wider opening. It's made of easy-to-clean, dent-proof plastic body.

In Cabinet Bins for Pull Out Recyling

Simple to install, this dual bucket recycler from simplehuman fits out of sight underneath a kitchen counter and includes two color-coded polypropylene buckets (blue 4-gallon and black 5-1/4-gallon for a total of 9 gallons, or 35 liters) to sort trash and recyclables. It features a commercial grade ball bearing track that glides out easily on its stainless steel track. When fully extended, the steel frame extends 16 inches, making it easy to lift out and remove the buckets without hitting the countertop. The durable, high-impact polypropylene buckets are easy to clean, and they each offer a built-in handle.

iTouchless Recycling

Sorting recyclables gets an efficiency and cleanliness overhaul with this 16-gallon sensor-operated recycle bin from iTouchless. Made from stainless steel for durability, the unit features two side-by-side interior compartments with independent lids so you can toss trash and collect recyclables in one spot or sort out glass items separately. Infrared sensors trigger the lids to open if a hand or other object is within approximately 6 inches, and it stays open as long as the sensor detects an object. Three seconds after the area is clear, the lid closes itself. This design feels fun and contemporary, while simultaneously minimizing germ transfer and increasing efficiency in a busy kitchen.

Colored Recycle Bags

These industrial-strength, waterproof plastic-coated bags use color and graphic labels to keep recyclables separate without the bulk of bins. Velcro tabs keep bags in a row; handles make these lightweight bags easy to carry. Paper (orange), Cans (gray), Glass (blue). Set of 3. Each bag measures 12"L x 12"W x 18"H. Rinse with water to clean; fold away for easy storage.

Automated Recycling

Waste containers or trashcans with lids in the market place today have to be opened by hand touch or by foot step-on. UZO1 Touchless Trashcan comes with automatic opening lid designed to function requiring no physical contact either by hand or by foot. This new hand and or foot free lidded trashcan automatically opens its lid when your hand or body approaches the infrared sensor 6 inches away, and closes automatically in 3 seconds when your hand or body is away from the sensor. This touchless Trashcan operates on an invisible harmless infrared technology.

Trash Can and Recycling Bin Combo!

Neatly sort trash and recycling all in one integrated can. Our fingerprint-proof rectangular recycler has two color-coded buckets, as well an internal hinge for a flush fit against the wall, a strong, all-steel pedal, and our patented lid shox technology.

Rattan Trash or Recycling Basket - Stylish!!

Designed to look more like a piece of furniture and blend within your home décor rather than look like an unsightly trash can. Has a step pedestal for easy access.

Trash & Recycle Can Combo

Keep your recycling and trash organized and separated with this sleek and sturdy stainless steel trash & recycling bin. Our high quality stainless steel step can is designed for superior durability and strength. Featuring two 30-liter compartments with embossed lids, separating your trash and recycling has never been easier. The stainless steel foot pedal allows for hands free operation, while the handles on the back of the can make it easy to move. Each compartment has a removable blow-molded plastic liner for easy cleaning.

Round Recycle Can

STAINLESS STEEL WASTE CONTAINERS 20 Gallon Recycler Container This stainless steel waste container offers a unique style that enhances interior and exterior dcor. Great for retail environments, food courts, offices, restrooms and more! This trash receptacle is made with 304 grade stainless steel that is fire and corrosion resistant and environmentally friendly. Stainless steel receptacles are easy-to-clean providing a hygienic surface. Waste container includes two 10 gallon galvanized steel liners with handles for easy trash disposal. Set of decals included to clearly identify your recycling needs; decals include trash, aluminum, glass, plastic, paper and mixed recyclables.

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    • comfortyourfeet profile image


      5 years ago

      Great ideas and selections--I am still using my old fav, cardboard boxes.

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      5 years ago

      I enjoyed these recycling bins. Thanks for sharing.

    • BrianRS profile image

      Brian Stephens 

      6 years ago from France

      Some neat ideas here, recycling could definitely come into vogue.

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      6 years ago

      I will definitely buy one of these.

    • GeorgeneMBramlage profile image

      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 

      6 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      Neat! Neat! Neat!

    • waldenthreenet profile image


      7 years ago

      Appreciating your important and artistic topic for green living. Congrads on reaching Squidoo Level 55. Going for 56 myself. Will visit with you soon. Thanks.

    • lemonsqueezy lm profile image

      lemonsqueezy lm 

      7 years ago

      Yes. To be honest, I need a very large recycle bin and a very small trash can.

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      7 years ago

      Great lens. I love the various options!


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