- Designate a space for a recycling center.
My normal trash can was under the sink, so it made sense to have the recycling bins there.
- Choose recycling bins.
I am all for using existing boxes, containers and bags when setting up your recycling center, but having just arrived in a new country with most of my belongings on a ship somewhere in the Atlantic, I opted for the easy way out – Ikea to the rescue! I bought two small bins that fit in a sliding, pull-out tray. One bin is for non-recyclable trash and the other is for plastic. My original trash can became my glass bin, and a cardboard box became my paper bin.
- Put your recycling center into practice.
Having a recycling center makes it so easy to recycle. I got used to throwing trash in the correct bin within days and it quickly became second nature. If the bins are already there, all you need do is put your trash in the correct one. It doesn't get much easier than that.
Regardless of where you live or how big your space is, you can incorporate a recycling center into your home. You don't need to spend a lot of money or have fancy shelves and bins. Cardboard boxes, shopping bags and laundry baskets work just as well. Put a recycling center under your sink, in your garage, in your basement, in a closet, or wherever works for you. Get your kids involved by letting them decorate and label your recycling bins. And if you're feeling really adventurous, make a recycling center for your office, where recycling is often left by the wayside.
If you have more room in your home, or want to show off your recycling efforts, you might like these stainless steel recycling bins from simplehuman. If I had the space and the money, I would totally have one of these in my home.