Oh, how we pine for the room to have a full recycling station at home! Imagine it: three full-size bins, clearly labeled for recycling, showcased in the pantry, ever ready for a Martha Stewart-inspired photo shoot. But alas, we're stuck with a little bit of pantry room and some under-the-sink space. We're betting a lot of you are in the same boat. Here are our favorite small-space recycling station tips and tricks.
The simplest way to make room for your recycling is to just use one bin (as opposed to three). Start a good habit of thoroughly cleaning out all your recyclables (part of recycling anyway), and then toss them into one receptacle. We'd recommend having a recycle bin that's slightly larger than your trash can, which will encourage and remind you to be mindful of creating waste. Even if your city doesn't offer single-stream recycling, clean recyclables are easy to sort through and you can separate them on recycling day.
If you have just a little more room, or want something more organized, check out these great tips for home recycling solutions:
- Best of 3: Home Recycling Storage Solutions
- 13 Recycling Solutions from Ikea
- How to Set Up a Home Recycling Station That Works