We all want to keep our kitchen waste under control. Sanitation in the kitchen will not only keep this part of the house clean but also prevent house pests like flies and cockroaches from wreaking havoc in the kitchen.
It’s easy to underestimate the importance of recycling bins in the kitchen. At first, they may not appear to be as important as the oven and even meat injector and an electric skillet.
But think of all the waste coming from your kitchen, from fruit scraps, vegetable residues, metal cans, jars to glass bottles, and you will realize why you need an appropriately sized recycling bin in your kitchen.
Size, though, isn’t the only major consideration in choosing a recycling bin. You should also take into account the following features:
- Number of compartments--- this would largely depend on the recycling scheme in your neighborhood
- Material used--- you can choose recycling bins made from plastic and metal. Those made from plastic are usually cheaper but aren’t the most durable, unlike metal garbage bins.
- Design--- you can select from bins with sleek shapes to those with fun or retro designs. It’s really up to you. The point is, recycling bins are beautiful enough to enhance the look of your kitchen.
- Removable liner bins--- get a recycling bin with an inner bin which can catch drips and spills. The inner bins should also be easy to remove.
- Step pedal--- this is the most common mechanism for opening the lid of the recycling bin. Aside from being sturdy, you’d want a step pedal that is wide enough for anyone to step on it.
Are you uncertain on which kitchen wastes you should be recycling? Read this article as it gives you many ideas on which household items should be re-using.
Top 6 Best Kitchen Recycling Bins Available On The Market
#1 Simplehuman Plastic Trash Can
This plastic trash can measures 19.2 inches long, 10.2 inches wide and 25.2 inches deep. It has a capacity of about 10 gallons. You should be able to find a space for this recycling bin even if you have a small kitchen.
Moreover, it has wheels that let you move it around a lot easier. It is also relatively light at around 4 pounds.
It features a locking lid design which prevents your dogs or kids from messing with the trash can. The lid also closes quietly.
You can open the lid by stepping on the foot pedal up front. It works most of the time and spares you from having to get your hands dirty to dispose of trash.
However, this isn’t the most durable recycling bin. For one, the hinge on the back of the bin is made of plastic. Expect it to wear away over time.
#2 Simplehuman Trash Can, Stainless Steel
While this unit comes from the same manufacturer, it has a larger capacity and more durable frame. The latter can be attributed to its stainless steel body. It can hold up to 40 gallons of trash.
Similar to the other simplehuman recycling bin, this one is also compact at 16.9 inches long, 10.2 inches wide and 27.9 inches tall.
The open touch bar is the feature that really impresses me. This lets you open the lid from practically every angle. If you’re too busy peeling fruit, you can bump the open touch bar so the lid would open and you can dump the waste.
Aside from giving the recycling bin a very stylish look, the stainless steel material also makes it very durable.
#3 Simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can
This is another compact and space-saving trash can that you can get if you live in an apartment. It measures 13.3 inches long, 16 inches wide and 25.8 inches tall. It has a 12-gallon capacity.
This unit features an integrated drip guard which practically makes an inner bucket unnecessary. The design also makes it a lot easier to change the liner. Moreover, the design means more space for trash.
This stainless steel should be able to last a long time because of its durable construction. Opening the lid is also easy with its extra-wide steel pedal. The pedal is so wide it is unlikely that you will be pinching your toes when you step on it.
#4 Simplehuman Butterfly Step Recycler
This butterfly step recycler comes with two buckets. One bucket is for trash disposal, and the other is where you can put items for recycling.
This recycling bin has a slim shape, so you can place this in tight spaces. It is 23 inches long, 10.4 inches wide and 26 inches tall. It is a bit heavy though at 24 pounds.
You can easily open the lid with the foot pedal of this unit. The pedal also feels very sturdy and should last for a long time. The butterfly lids, meanwhile, close safely and quietly.
This is a very good recycling bin to have if you plan to recycle items. However, it is a bit difficult to bring it from one place to another due to the lack of a handle on the front part.
#5 Simplehuman Rectangular Dual Compartment Trash Can
Recycling bins from simplehuman are considered high-end items. But you won’t regret spending an extra penny or so because these recycling bins are durable, easy to use and beautifully designed.
It comes with trash bags that fit in the dispenser located at the back. You can easily throw away the trash side not only because of the dispenser but also due to the removable bottom. The compartment for recyclable items doesn’t have a dispenser for bags, though.
The lid also closes quietly. It would be hard for pets and kids to open it.
This is a well-designed and beautifully finished trash can. In fact, most users agree that the look of the trash can alone is well worth its price.
#6 Organize It All Recycle Bin
This is the recycling bin you should get if you like to separate dry from wet waste and you also want to recycle items. With a triple bucket design, this recycle bin will let you keep things organized right from the get go.
It is made of stainless steel so you can be assured of the durability. It also looks very nice. The three internal compartments can be removed individually with bucket handles for easy disposal and transport.
You can also open the lids of the buckets quickly with the step-on pedals. Said pedals are colored coded which makes the unit even more attractive.
This triple bucket recycle bin has a total capacity of 12 gallons with each container having a capacity of 4 gallons.
Before I end, let me pick my favorite recycling bins among the six units I discussed.
If you need a basic bucket, I recommend the simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can. It’s durable, compact, and easy to clean. The design is also very functional and gives you more space for your trash.
For dual buckets, I believe the simplehuman Butterfly Step Recycler is the best choice. It is slim and doesn’t take up a lot of space in the kitchen. It is sturdy with lids that close safely and quietly.
The Organize It All Recycle Bin, meanwhile, is peerless when it comes to triple bucket recycling bins.