Published on August 31st, 2012 | by Jules Yap


Very Effektiv Garbage & Recycling Bins

Materials: Effektiv Cabinets, Varde Countertop, Chrome trim rings, garbage cans

Description: One of my clients needed a clean solution for their garbage, so I came up with this.

Step One – Remove the back panel from one Effektiv cabinet to allow room for the garbage cans.

Step two – Pull the cabinet forward from the wall, cut removed back panel to use on the end to hide the space behind.

Step three – Add and cut holes in the Varde counter top and the top of the Effektiv cabinet.

Step four – Glue polished stainless steel trim rings into place. Notes: We also added a back splash made from a scrap piece of the Varde counter top….and you can see one of the garbage cans is missing! It was on order when we took the pictures.


~ Andy, NYC

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7 Responses to Very Effektiv Garbage & Recycling Bins

  1. Anonymous says:

    Looks fantastic! I am having trouble finding similar trim rings. Where did you get them?

  2. Anonymous says:

    Or buy a smaller trashcan and make it easier on yourself

  3. Lezard says:

    It’s a great idea. I’m now buying Ikea furnitures for my house and I will apply some of the tips watched in here. Thanks! And if you want cooking receipes, don’t forget to take a look at http://www.elrincondeafi.es

  4. Wow good job. I don’t enclose my recycling bins/bags as I always wash things out. I always thought that you can’t send packaging to the recycling if it has food scraps encrusted on it anyway – it’s just good practice to clean everything out first!

  5. Anonymous says:

    Where did you get the trim rings?

  6. That was my worry too. I know we are asked by the recycling co. to wash everything out, we are also asked by the water co to conserve water

  7. Anonymous says:

    Lovely idea love to know if they smell or get flies? Was thinking of something similar really well done.

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