If your family wants to start recycling, go for it. You don’t have to overthink how to recycle, make your own DIY recycling bins that suit your recycling style.
While some people are lucky enough to live in communities with curbside recycling services, I’m not. I hope it becomes something my town offers eventually, but for now we have to store our recyclable items until we can take them to the nearest center. Depending on your home’s layout and your recycling needs, figuring out what type of bins to use can be a bit tricky.
First you’ll want to decide where you’re bins will be located. Be sure to choose a spot that’s easy to get to and one that you’ll stick with. If you make it difficult on yourself to sort your recyclables or store them, you’ll be less likely to stick with the eco-friendly activity.
Here are a few of my favorite ideas that I’ve found for making your own DIY recycling bins.
Stylish Kitchen Recycling Bins
I’m completely in love with these stylish recycling bins from Polished Habit. The color and the fact that you can open a small spot in the top of each bin, making them super functional, would make them look great sitting anywhere in your home.
Outdoor Recycling Center
If you have an outdoor space, this DIY Recycling Center would be a fantastic way to keep your items separated.
Recycling bins often take up a lot of room, but if you get creative, you can recycle and keep your space too. I love these bins that hang on the wall of your garage. It looks like a rather easy project to DIY with these instructions.
If you’re like me and have to take your recyclables to a center, why not go ahead and store them in bags? If you have the space, this idea is perfect.
Inexpensive DIY Recycling Bins from Toy Bins
This shelf with plastic totes is marketed as toy storage, but it converts easily to DIY recycling bins.
Rolling Cart Recycling Bins
Another easy switch would be rolling carts that you often see in classrooms. They would make great bins for sorting.
Speaking of classrooms, does your child’s school recycle? It’s an important question to ask! Some schools don’t have the necessary equipment to recycle, or so they think. You can even share some of these DIY recycling bin ideas with them to show them just how easy it is to recycle!
Teaching kids to reduce reuse recycle definitely starts at home but shouldn’t end there. I encourage you to get involved with your child’s school and help them make DIY recycling bins too!