Recycle Container for Kitchen: Easy DIY on a Budget with Video

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Recycle container for kitchen, we were definitely in need of one. Here is an easy DIY on a budget that you can make super quickly.

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We have a recycling bin in our kitchen. Like most of you, we recycle at our house and have 2 trash cans in our kitchen. One is for recyclable materials and the other is a waste bin. I wanted to make sure we still had easy access to both bins, but I also wanted to make sure everyone could tell them apart. Today I will share with you an easy and quick DIY project to make a designated recycling bin at essentially no extra cost.

Originally I had taken painter’s tape and done this to our recycle bin but the tape was falling off and it was time to do something new and fun.

Recycle Container for Kitchen: Easy DIY on a Budget Video

Recycle container Instructions:

I found these wall stickers and letter stickers at Dollar Tree.

I first cleaned the trashcan inside and out, and let it dry completely.

I placed the wall stickers onto the front of the trash can. I picked the tree wall sticker as it reminded me of being Eco Friendly.

Next, I added the word Recycle with the letter stickers above the tree wall sticker. This would make it clearer that this is our recycle bin. I love how it turned out!

Other ideas for designating a bin as your recycling station:

  • Get cans that are different colors, 1 for trash and 1 for recycling
  • Buy a recycle sticker for the recycling bin
  • For smaller spaces, you may need to use stackable bins with the recycling center on the bottom and the kitchen waste on the top
  • Place different color trash bags for the kitchen bin and the recycling bin
  • Use cans of different sizes
  • You can install multi-compartment bins in your kitchen cabinet that slide out, this also clears your floor space which can be great depending on how much space you have
  • You can even add compost bins to your kitchen so you can recycle food scraps, food waste, and leftover food
  • If you don’t like this idea you can upgrade your kitchen trashcans to stainless steel.
  • If you get cans with a foot pedal it will keep the smell down. You’ll just need plastic round liners for them, and sometimes they have a removable plastic inner bucket. The only downside is that this system can sometimes be a little tricky to use.
  • Add this concept to your home office. We have one for recycled paper, and one for trash
  • Depending on how many people you have in your home you might want to consider the total capacity you’ll want when deciding on the size of the bins.
  • Buy a dual trash system that has a recycling compartment in it.
  • I added an outdoor bin near my garden for compost. This is a convenient feature for my garden and will help the worm farms in the soil.

Recycle Container for Kitchen: Easy DIY on a Budget Video

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18 Comments

  1. Love the look and how easy it is to identify it’s for recycling! I need to work on my recycle bin now.

    1. Thank you so much Carol and I’m so pleased you like it.

  2. Karolyn Love says:

    I love that wall sticker! I feel a trip to Dollar Tree comin’ on!

    1. Thank you Karolyn, and I’m thrilled you like the sticker as much as I do.

  3. I love the pattern you chose, Chas! We recycle too but ours immediately goes to the garaged where there is a huge green village owned recycling trash can with a bright yellow lid. No decorating allowed. πŸ™ Oh well, at least I can enjoy your ideas. πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Linda! Our large recycle can is in the garage too, this just buys us a little time until we transfer it there. Sorry you can’t decorate the large can, that could be fun πŸ˜‰

  4. What a lovely way to decorate very utilitarian objects – and to make recycling really pleasurable! Love your Upcycled Trashcan and Recycle Container, Chas. Sharing on the Hearth and Soul Facebook page. Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

    1. Thank you so much April, and thanks for sharing and all your support. Can’t wait for the next party – see you soon!

  5. Hi Chas,
    This came out fun & adorable! πŸ™‚ I will pin this.
    I saw this post at the party hosted by Create with Joy.

    1. Thank you so much Christina and thank you for the Pin and stopping by πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you and I’ll be sure to stop by πŸ™‚

  6. Chas, I have a trash can just like this that I’ve been wanting to decorate so I LOVE your project – thanks for sharing it with us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.
    Congrats – you are one of our Featured Guests this week! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so very much and thank you for the feature! You are so very kind and I’m thrilled you are wanting to do this project too. I’ll see you at the next party!

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