Recycling Center

I have been searching everywhere for a cabinet or container to use as an in-kitchen recycling center. I've found a couple possibilities, but they either cost too much, were way too small, or weren't divided for sorting recyclables. Then the other day in Lowe's as I was scoping out the trashcan aisle, a lightbulb went off in my head. I very hurriedly (and completely coherently, I'm sure) explained to Keith why I had buy this:I'm not sure he got it, but he decided it wasn't smart to mess with a crazy lady. When we got home, he obligingly drilled some holes in the rim for me and ran some wires through while I ransacked the linen closet. I found 4 old pillowcases and then dug through the desk to get some file clips and....A little clipping and we had our new recycling center!We made the compartments different sizes because we tend to end up with a lot of paper and cardstock and not a lot of plastics or glass. Now everything is sorted as we dispose of it, the pillowcases are washable if need be, and though a little industrial-looking, the can certainly looks better than its predecessor, the cardboard box.

Trash can - $22
Pillow cases - Free!
Wire - $4
Clips - Free!
Total cost - $26


MiriamR said... Best Blogger Tips

I love that what a great idea. I have the same trash can but its white and I got it from Ikea (supposed to be a laundry hamper) I want to try this now.

Jacquita said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my word! That is awesome!

G said... Best Blogger Tips

Brilliant problem-solving! What vision you have!!

Amanda said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea, I may steal this.

Kimm at Reinvented said... Best Blogger Tips

This is fabulous! I like the look too, I've never seen a stylish recycling container before! Thanks for linking up to REINVENTED, please remember to link back to my blog in your post so that your readers can enjoy the projects too! :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said... Best Blogger Tips

Happy squeals~well done!

Come by and see my Pottery Barn inspired typography basket.

Rachel said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this! I found you via Kimba's DIY linky party. I also love the rain barrel. I want to understand what you do to prevent overflow during a big storm?? What kind of barrel did you use?

Heather said... Best Blogger Tips

What a great idea!

Sarah said... Best Blogger Tips

Great idea!

Katie @ Hippos and Dinosaurs said... Best Blogger Tips

This is brilliant!! Nicely done!

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