8 Stylish recycling solutions

Sep 21, 2010 at 4:47 p.m. ET

It feels good to recycle at home, but it’s not always pretty. You’re not alone if, right now, cans and bottles are cluttering the kitchen counter waiting to be whisked away to the recycling bins in the garage, which are already overflowing. Take control of the situation by choosing a smart recycling solution that fits your lifestyle.

We've tracked down these 8 stylish solutions that make recycling easier

Steel bar rectangular recycler

Keep your recycling organized with this product

This brushed steel trash can by simplehuman® holds three buckets—one for trash and two for recyclables. So, no excuses now: recycling an item becomes just as easy as trashing it. Perks include an eco-friendly, odor neutralizer, fingerprint proof exterior, and a 10-year warranty. Find it for $249.99 at mass retailers and simplehuman® (simplehuman.com).





Double slide-out recycling bins

These bins are discrete and eco-friendly.

Now you see it, now you don't. Conceal your recycling bins in a kitchen cabinet with this slide-out system, $96.99 at Organize-It (organizeit.com). Two plastic bins and a ball bearing track are included.



Folding recycling bags

Bags to keep your recycling organized

Sorting paper, cans, and glass is a cinch with these sturdy, waterproof bags, $16 for a set of three, or $6 each at Gaiam® (gaiam.com). Velcro tabs keep the bags together. You also may break them apart and place them where they're most convenient.


Recycled newspaper magazine basket

Unique decoration ideas can come from recycling.

What better place to hold old newspapers and magazines than a basket made of recycled newspapers? Pier I Imports® has great baskets for $24; stylish enough to blend into your family room or office (pier1.com).

Vintage-chic pail

Stay stylish with this recycle bin.


This steel pail, $16.99 at Kohl's®, provides a stylish reminder of where empty soda bottles belong. Its smaller size makes it perfect to have on hand in a home office or a dorm room (kohls.com)





Stylish bins

Colorful and stylish bins are available at Target.

A different take on recycle bins.


For a polished look in a mud room or laundry room, try using a tall, slim bookcase and filling the cubbies with baskets or bins to hold recyclables. Target has a great selection of both bookcases and bins to suit your taste, from square wicker baskets to colorful canvas bins like these by Circo, $12.99 to $14.99. The Simply Shabby Chic bookcase is $199.99 at Target. (Target.com)



Indoor-outdoor bags

Put these bags anywhere in your house.

If minimalism is your thing, try these Dimpa recycling bags, $6.99 for a set of three at Ikea®. Each bag holds nine gallons of recyclables, and clear plastic pockets for labels let you get creative with your sorting signs. Store these low profile plastic bins in the garage or outside (ikea.com).


Composting bucket

A cute variation of the composting bucket.


It's not for plastics or glass, but we couldn't leave this white compost bucket out of the round up. Ditch the extra-large coffee can and use this to hold your kitchen scraps. Find it for $14.99 at Cost Plus World Market® (worldmarket.com).