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Casa Verde: Recycling Bins

You can't expect yourself to recycle if you don't designate a location for your used items. Your needs may vary depending on how many people you live with and what products you buy, so I thought I'd offer you several recycling bin options for home. Unless you have a city recycling program that lets you mix recyclables, you should be separating your recycling products (paper, plastic, glass, aluminum, etc.), so you might need a
bin or basket for each type. And, if you haven't yet, get yourself a composter, and get in the habit of composting. Also, consider whether you'll be keeping your recyclables inside your house or outdoors before you buy. After you choose what recycling system works best for you, make sure you know how your curbside recycling program works, and what type of plastics it accepts. If you don't have a curbside recycling program, definitely find out where your local recycling center is, so you can drop it all off!


lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
LOL, good for us for recycling, yet buying one of these bins costs a fortune.
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i have some white bins with a flip top lid from IKEA that i stack and fit under our island, and then a nice basket for near our desks for paper.
witchbaby witchbaby 9 years
i hate that my city doesn't have curbside recycling. I have to drive to the town over to recycle and my parents aren't very cooperative on recycling. But strangely my mom told me before I was born they were into composting! Maybe this summer I can convince them to start up again.
emalove emalove 9 years
I was going to make my own bin system this summer, but I might just pick up one of those Bed Bath & Beyond ones instead. Pretty neat.
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 9 years
Im lucky we can mix all our recyclables together so I just got a big one of those cheap plastic sotrage bins (after x-mas when they are dirt cheap) and put it in a spot where I can throw all my recylceable in it from across the room (HAHAHA laziness is the mother of invention) and I never realized before how much I was throwing away in the garbage because we hardly need to throw the trash out maybe 3 times a week where as before it was almost everyday. Our city also handed out trash cans for yard clippings (we can no longer put them in the street for pick-up) and we use that for our compostables.
Liss1 Liss1 9 years
I just bought a blue tub (like the one in the pic next to the truck) at home depot for $11, they have different sizes. Its great i have it in the kitchen beside a cabinet and we put our cans and bottles in it. I love it! I used to just have a bag under the kitchen sink but it always seemed to overflow and fall all over the floor when i opened the cabinet, plus for some reason my husband would just leave the water bottles on the counter and i would have to put them under the sink and it drove me crazy. Now he just throws them in the bin and it is so much easier.
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
We use a cardboard box for paper and a crate ("borrowed" from Quick Check years ago) for our mixed recyclables.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 9 years
I definitely need that newspaper stacker. I just let the mags and newspaper stack on the floor and end up all over the garage. I've also checked out some bins at the stores but for the comfortable price range the bins are way too small. I don't want to be emptying out the bins on a daily basis.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Luckily I rarely have to worry about this and can just drop it in the bin on trash day.
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