My family is new to recycling. When I say new, I mean less than a year. We started out of necessity, really, because my husband drinks a LOT of soda. When I say a LOT, I mean three 2-liter bottles per day sometimes. Our trash can just couldn't handle the volume!!
Once we started recycling the soda bottles, we decided that we might as well recycle everything that we can, so we did!!
We keep our regular trash can next to the refrigerator, but almost in the walkway between the kitchen and dining living room. We have a very open floor plan, but it feels like the room tipped over and everything slid into the kitchen so there is not much space for anything additional. The fridge sticks out into the walkway (despite the cutout in the wall) and you have to walk around it to get to the walkway to leave the kitchen. Well, I think you get the picture…it's a tight space. There is no room for an additional recycling bin in our kitchen!!
Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler
We received the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler for review and it has really kick-started us into some extra recycling. We still can't use it for our 2-liter bottles, but now we are more likely to recycle paper, plastic, cans, and glass in this small under-the-counter recycler.
The Boy loves putting things in it and always asks if something can go in the "cycle". It's very handy for our small kitchen and it stays out of the way. When it is time to empty it, we just pull out the bag and dump, easy-peasy!!
My favorite feature:
The bag is MACHINE WASHABLE!!
So, if Hubby or The Boy spill or drop or whatever…I can just toss it in the wash and clean it up!!
Here's a few more features that are highlighted on the Rubbermaid website:
- Hinged lid attaches to cabinet door with over the door hooks or screws
- Bag is made from 65% post-consumer resin
- Bag is machine washable
- Comfortable handle for transport
- 5 gallon bag holds 36 uncrushed cans and is large enough to fit 1 gallon milk jugs
- Great for single stream recyclers
- Great for apartment living
When I first received it, I was a little confused about putting it together, but I figured it out and now feel like it's pretty easy (I was just brain dead that day). I also found this great post with step by step instructions for assembling the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler on Planet Weidknecht.
You may remember that GCWG gave away a Hidden Recycler during our Earth Day events, but if you missed that, I found this giveaway for you!!
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