Many dual trash cans are available today, even some 3-section models. The can $50 or higher, but a specialty container isn’t necessary. A $10 bin will work just as well.
If you do opt for two separate containers, the key is to buy a recycling can that’s slightly smaller than your regular kitchen trash can and a different color. A green or blue container with recycling arrows is a nice choice if your other trash can is light-colored. Also, use different-colored liners for the two containers.
Once the recycling container fills up, take it out to your recycling center in the garage, mudroom, yard or alleyway.
Another key to recycling is space. Most garages have little open space, which is what makes vertical recycling containers so handy. These can be found in a variety of sizes and start at around $10 (check Ikea.com or Spacesavers.com). Once full, they can be emptied into the large municipal containers or loaded into the car for a trip to the recycling center.
In addition to sorting and recycling items such as plastic, metal cans and drink containers, glass and paper, keep a container at hand for other less-often recycled items. This could include used eyeglasses, dry cleaning bags and hangers, cell phones, batteries and paint.
Do you have items you’re not sure if you can recycle, or you don’t know where to take them? Earth911.com has an online recycling locator that lets you enter the items you want to recycle and your ZIP code to help you find the nearest location that will them.
If you make recycling easy, you’ll make it a habit.