One of the easiest ways to remind yourself to recycle empty shampoo bottles, toilet paper rolls, pill bottles and other bathroom-based recyclables, is to have a designated bin so they can be separated from the landfill-bound waste. But, we all know bathrooms are small, and waste bins aren’t exactly glamorous. Here are a few tips to make your bathroom recycling bin a bit more haute décor than eyesore:
Keep It Small: Floor space is limited in most bathrooms, particularly powder rooms that only have a toilet and sink. As it’s likely you won’t have many recyclables each week anyway, you can invest in a small receptacle. We like step-operated lidded versions, some of which come in at less than a foot tall, and in different colors and finishes like bronze or black.
Consider a Divided Waste Basket: Another option for space-challenged W.C.s: A divided waste basket. Usually these are large and utilitarian in design, intended for garages, mudrooms or other more-spacious areas, but the wicker model from The Basket Lady is cute enough to mesh with your décor, and only has a 20- by 13-inch footprint. One bin can hold trash, the other recyclables — just mark the inside of each bin with a sticker so that you’ll remember which is which.
Color Code: To avoid confusion, buy two waste-baskets that coordinate but are different colors or designs. Some even double as a way to collect and reuse plastic bags, and come in multiple colors.
Make One Yourself: If you can’t find a design you like, repurpose an old waste-basket, bucket or bin, and decorate it the way you like. One eco-friendly option is to decoupage it with scrap paper from old magazines or junk mail; try collecting paper that’s in shades of green so that you can color-code it to its use. Or give an old bucket a new life by covering it with scrap paper or fabric. Incorporate the recycling symbol into your design as a visual reminder to be green!
Hide It: If you can’t find the perfect fit — and since you might not need to empty your bathroom recycling bin more than every couple of weeks — find a good, out of the way spot for your recyclables, such as in the cabinet under the sink or behind the door. The Recycle Crunch Can is perfect for this — it collapses when not in use, and has handles so it could hang from a hook inside a closet or behind a door. You could also simply put a hook inside a bathroom cabinet and hang a plastic bag from there, that you can then use to collect recyclables.