Kitchen bins-1

Published on February 27th, 2008 | by Jules Yap


a tidy trash and recycling center

alison whips up a tidy trash and recycling center which allows for easy mail sorting and trashing.

she says, “the kitchen is on one side of the front door, and there was space just inside the kitchen doorway for this tidy trash and recycling center. the hacking part was more like sawing, as one of my ikea cutting boards was re-sized to become the shelf (aligned with the adjacent wire shelving) that supports the smaller wastebasket. now junk mail can immediately be recycled upon entry; and having the debris ‘trashcan’ available without opening a cupboard i find very handy.

bins-1 bins-2

i used:

  • fibbe trash-bins
  • sigfrid shelf brackets (can’t find the link on ikea’s website)
  • magasin cutting board

the wall-mounted light was also from ikea, but old enough that i have no idea what its ikea name is.”

link to trash and recycling hack entry on alison’s blog

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Jules Yap

"I am Jules, the engine behind IKEAHackers and the one who keeps this site up and running. My mission is to capture all the wonderful, inspiring, clever hacks and ideas for our much loved IKEA items".

11 Responses to a tidy trash and recycling center

  1. Plumbing says:

    Very well organized waste segregation. Admirable action from you. I really love this article

  2. This recycling idea is excellent. I need to develop one. Can anybody help me to get two Sigfrid shelf brackets? Trash Disposal

  3. Anonymous says:

    IKEA tweaks the law in Romania and they don’t recycle anything from consumers (although they claim otherwise). The collection receptacles for batteries and bulbs are a joke (just a bit bigger than a 2-liter PEPSI/Coke bottle). Some NGOs have tried to convince them, but the profits are visibly the only thing IKEA Romania cares about…

  4. that’s a really good idea, it’s too cold too take the rubbish out to the bins all the time.

    I may just copy your idea :-)

  5. This recycling idea is excellent. I need to develop one. Can anybody help me to get two Sigfrid shelf brackets?

  6. Fjorleif says:

    The lamp is there as a light to turn on when entering the kitchen, and as a soft light for early mornings, not to provide special lighting for trash and recylcing. (For some reason, when the house was built, the light switch for the kitchen is on the far wall from the entrance, and turns on a huge four-tube flourescent ceiling light.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is a really good idea for a home office area. I always keep a box for recyclables and a trash can for non-recyclables, and they take up so much floor space. I could save some room with this kind of setup. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Anonymous says:

    this is weird. why would you put a lamp over your trash cans?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I think i would add a scherreder o the top can for the mail.. but good idea ……Maj

  10. Jules says:

    that’s the old lamp.

  11. l3utterfish says:

    whats the thing over the small trahs bin?

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