Kitchen recycling bins make it easier for everyone to make an environmental impact when disposing of discarded household wastes.
This guide will share everything you need to know about owning one.
There are currently options available that combine recycling with your everyday kitchen trash can for effortless use.
When you consider recycling, it shows you believe your contribution can make a difference.
Contributing to the reuse of materials protects depleted natural resources, it saves energy, it reduces toxic pollution and reduces the huge volume of discards that are thrown into landfills.
Recycling is also good for the economy and in the long run, keeps people healthier and happier.
Adding a recycling bin combo to the kitchen is as easy as throwing something in the trash and can become a new habit (or improve an existing one) that results in a big benefit to the environment.
So what types of kitchen wastes are recyclable?
You might be surprised at the number of common waste items, generated in your kitchen, that are accepted through your local trash collector.
Here are the recyclable kitchen items (minus Styrofoam) that would otherwise end up in a landfill…makes you wonder what is left for the trash!
- Post Consumer Cartons – milk, juice, broth, other beverage cartons
- Paperboard Boxes – cereal, cracker, snack, pasta, rice, side dish, towel rolls
- Glass Bottles and Jars – water, soda, alcohol, condiments, sauces
- Metal — aluminum cans, steel cans, foil, trays
- Paper Products – junk mail, newspapers, magazines
- Plastic — jugs, grocery bags, water and soda bottles, freezer, sandwich and storage bags
- Styrofoam — cups, takeout boxes, meat trays, plates
Reasons to Consider a Kitchen Trash Recycle Bin
Why should you consider buying a trash/recycling combo bin for your kitchen? It’s a great way to get the family involved in helping the environment by making trash disposal and recycling easy.
Here are a few more reasons to own one:
- A kitchen recyclable bin combo helps you keep trash and recycables separate, but it also helps keep the floors and counters clean where these items might otherwise be stored before finding their way to the curb.
- Available trash/recycle combination bins today are both durable and attractive and come in a variety of sizes, models and brands to choose from that can fit your available space — for example, under the sink, in a pantry or next to a kitchen island.
- Kitchen recycling bin combos are made durable and can withstand a lot of abuse if dropped, accidently kicked or bumped unlike the plastic bin which is susceptible to cracks, scratches and breakage over time.
- If you’re looking for that perfect recycling combo to match your existing kitchen appliances they come in several finishes including stainless and in different sizes to suit your budget — much more attractive than plastic.
- Depending on the brand and model, many use regular sized kitchen trash can liners eliminating the need to continually re-order expense special sized bags.
Kitchen Recycling Bins Features to Look for
It no longer needs to be a daunting task to separate garbage in your kitchen.
Investing in a trash recycle bin combo places these two containers side by side in one attractive package.
This saves you multiple trips to the garage or the unsightly stockpiling in your kitchen, mud room, laundry room or other areas, of recyclables, before it actually gets to the curb for your garbage collector.
If you are making an investment in improving the environment, then here are recyling combo can features to consider:
- Stay Open Lid — the lid stays open until you want it closed and then it closes slowly and silently with built-in shock absorption technology.
- Sturdy Step Pedal — Whether the step can has individial pedals to open trash and recycling sides separately or has a single step bar that runs across the face of the trash can, you want to ensure it is engineered for tens of thousands of steps over its lifetime.
- Non-skid Base — You want your step recycling bin / trash can combo to have one set of built-in wheels that can make this, larger than normal trash can, easy to move. You also want traction pads that are gentle on floor surfaces and keep the can steady.
- Removable Liner Bins — Premium trash cans have removable inner bins that catch spills and drips and are vented for easy removal when cleaning or they come with easy lift out handles.
- Fingerprint-proof Surfaces — Not all kitchen recycling bins have touchless sensor technology so having a finish that resists fingerprints and smudges will minimize your cleaning.
- Solid Warranty — Any combo can, worth investing in, will come with a stellar warranty from the manufacturer. This will let you know they stand behind a product that is likely to receive 1000s of steps, hundreds of pounds of garbage, and a ton of handling over its lifetime.
Our Top 5 Favorites for Best Kitchen Recycle Bins
We based our reviews on finish, size, features, customer support and satisfaction, manufacturer’s warranty and a range of cost to features values. Bag size shown in the table below indicates combined capacity for both the trash and recycle compartments of the bin.
These are in no particular order:
Trash Bag Sizes Liters to Gallons
Below, for your reference, is a liters to gallons breakdown for gauging the capacity of a new recycling trash can and for ordering trash can and recycle bin liners.
- 4.5 L equals 1.2 gallons
- 6.0 L equals 1.6 gallons
- 10.0 L equals 2.6 gallons
- 10-12 L equals 2.6-3.2 gallons
- 20.0 L equals 5.2 gallons
- 16-18 L equals 4.2-4.8 gallons
- 25.0 L equals 6.5 gallons
- 30.0 L equals 8 gallons
- 30-35 L equals 8-9 gallons
- 30-45 L equals 8-12 gallons
- 35-45 L equals 9-12 gallons
- 45 L equals 12 gallons
- 45-50 L equals 12-13 gallons (TALL KITCHEN BAGS)
- 50-60 L equals 13-16 gallons
- 50-65 L equals 13-17 gallons
- 55 L equals 14.5 gallons
- 80 L equals 21.12 gallons