So we all know how important it is to recycle, right? I recycle everything. Well not literally everything, but we have more in our recycle bin then we do in our trash bin. If I find a mystery piece of plastic without a number on it, I throw it in anyway in the hopes that maybe it can be recycled. We are fortunate that we have single-stream recycling here which makes it a real breeze because you don't have to separate the plastic from the paper and the glass, etc. Everything just goes in one large bin. Or in our case, two large bins.
We keep our two 64 gallon recycle bins in the garage, for obvious reasons. Our problem was where we collected everything that needed to be put in said bins. At first we just piled things up on the counter. Not only looked awful, but it was messy too. Then I went out and bought a rectangular Rubbermaid open bin so that we could stack everything in it, and then just bring it downstairs when it filled up. But it was still on the counter and looked awful plus we ended up having to empty it one to two times per day. Finally, we ended up putting a full size trash bin under our kitchen sink that is designated just for recyclables. Now I don't have to look at it anymore, so I am happy
However, I still have a similar issue on the top floor. We have three bedrooms and two bathrooms up there, and while bathrooms do not generate nearly as much recycling as the kitchen, with six of us it is still a decent amount. What usually happens is that empty shampoo bottles and empty toilet paper rolls get piled up on the bathroom counter, usually my side, until one of us decides to bring it downstairs. It's a pain. I needed something easy and convenient to hold our bathroom recyclables.
This is where the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler helps declutter my counter tops. The Hidden Recycler easily attaches to the inside of your cabinet door with hooks so it can be tucked away out of sight when not in use. The 5 gallon bag can hold up to 36 12 ounce cans, is soft sided for flexibility and has a leak proof liner that is machine washable.
First, the Hidden Recycler needs to be assembled. This is super easy and took me all of 60 seconds to complete. The bag easily slips onto the frame and then the hooks snap into the back. An awesome bonus of this product is that the bag and packaging are made of recycled material and are recyclable themselves.
Next you just pick the cabinet that you want to hang this on and put it in place! Obviously, you will need to have some room in the cabinet, so make sure it is not jam packed in there. I would say you probably need to leave the first four to six inches of the cabinet clear of anything so that when you close the door, the bag has room and won't knock anything over. Here is my Hidden Recycler installed with it very first items inside!
Once it gets full, there is a convenient handle to grab onto and pull it out so we can walk it down to our big recycle bins and dump it in. Our recycling pick up is every other week and the Hidden Recycler has been working great because it holds a large amount of items, so we only have to bring it down the night before pick up. Its nice not having to worry about a pile of plastic containers piling up on my counter anymore. I only have to think about this every other week when I empty it.
The Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler retails for $15.99 and is available for purchase online at Rubbermaid.com or in store at Meijer.
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