I’ve been trying to organize my kitchen better lately. One of my biggest frustrations is how quickly things pile up on the kitchen counter.
See that stuff next to my stove? That’s our recycling that doesn’t belong there. Recycling in our kitchen has a home – in the pantry.
The problem, of course, is that recycling doesn’t often make it to the pantry. Either it’s too big to fit in the plastic bag I keep hanging above the trash can, or it just magically parks itself on my kitchen counter.
We’ve thought about using a paper bag instead to collect our recycling under the kitchen sink, but then we run into the problem when something is still wet (like a recently rinsed milk jug) that leaks through the bag. Using both a plastic bag and a paper bag seems wasteful, so I needed a different option.
The Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler has been the answer.
It mounts to any standard cabinet door and is detachable, so it’s easy to take out the recycling when it’s full. The photo above doesn’t do it justice showing how much it can hold.
This has a 64 oz. apple juice bottle (not crushed), a large Sunny D jug (also not crushed), a crushed 2 liter soda bottle, a crushed aluminum can, and there’s still room for more.
The best part? My counters are clean!
Levi is really big on helping right now, so he loves opening the lid to put the recycling into the Rubbermaid bin. Jason likes that it just lifts right out, so he can just grab the handle and take it out to the garage to our big recycling bin.
I like that the bag is not only water-proof, so I don’t have to worry about leaks, but it’s also machine washable, so cleaning up messes is no problem.
The Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler retails for about $16 and is available both online and in most Meijer stores.
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Disclosure: I received my Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler shown above at no cost. Even if they wanted it back, I’d find a way to keep it. Oh, and all opinions are 100% my own 🙂