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Is your home too lean to be green? Bins Direct's top tips for small-space recycling

Recycling – it's something we'd all love to do more of. You can't beat the no-guilt feeling of being green and doing your bit to save the planet.

Published 26/09/2017

Wouldn't it be lovely to have a designated recycling station in your home? A utility room with separate, full-size bins, clearly labelled so you can categorise your waste ready for collection… it seems like a dream.

However, creating a domestic recycling hub is not always that simple. The main issue that many homeowners face is a lack of space. Those living in apartments or homes with small kitchen space don't always have room for a second, dedicated recyclables bin. Instead, they resort to hanging carrier bags full of plastics on door handles, or creating a pile of recyclable rubbish next to the regular bin.

Not only does this take up valuable space, but it looks untidy and can be unhygienic (especially if a container hasn't been washed out thoroughly). This leads to many just taking the easy route – throwing packaging all into the same, single general waste bin.

So, how can you manage your recycling better in a smaller space? At Bins Direct, we are experts in waste solutions and have provided a few hints below to help you get your rubbish in check!

The right recycling route

Packaging symbols are now found on most items and help identify what can be recycled and what can't. Don't just presume because it's plastic it can be placed in the recycling bin. Sorting through will not only keep your recycling bin streamlined, but it will help your local authority too.

Widely recycled: 75% of people have access to facilities for these items
Check locally:
20% to 75% of people have access to facilities for these items
Not recycled:
Less than 20% of people have access to recycling facilities

Take a trip

Kerbside recycling (waste that is collected by your local authority from outside your home) makes life easy for recycling. But it's not the only option. Check out your local recycling facilities and see what can be done away from the home. Perhaps you could take your newspaper and magazine wraps, bread bags and toilet/kitchen roll wraps to a supermarket carrier bag collection point next time you go to do a grocery shop? This will free up space in your kitchen.


Don't just throw your waste straight into the bin – see what can be squashed down to save on space. Flatten cardboard cartons, condense cans, squeeze the air out of plastic bottles, and put paper and foil in a separate, flat pile rather than scrunching up into balls, which will take up valuable room in your bin.

Invest in a space-savvy bin

With space at a premium in kitchens, it's a good idea to purchase a multi-functional bin – a solution that will enable you to store waste and recycle all in the same footprint.

A great example is our 3BoxStack, a multi-box recycling container that assembles neatly into one easily manoeuvrable unit. The 3 Box Stack uses minimal space and has a sturdy, durable trolley. This allows all three boxes to be moved to the kerbside at once with no heavy lifting.

A front aperture allows recyclables to be easily placed in the boxes with no need for lifting or separating, while the top box can be split in two if required, creating four separate recycling spaces.

Want to overhaul your bins, recycling boxes and kitchen caddies? Check out our kerbside solutions: https://binsdirect.com/recycling-at-home/kerbside-recycling/

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