upgrade your recycle

Grossed out by a mounting pile of recycle? Does it get stuck on your counters and in your garage?

I figured out that I had four kinds of rubbish: Garbage, Recycle, Bottle Return, and Glass. (These may vary depending on what recycling facilities are in your area).

I set up three simple garbage cans with lids (only about $20/ea.) and labeled them. (You’d be amazed how many people don’t read labels.)

The glass goes straight to a bin in the garage because we produce glass recycle less than paper recycle and bottle return.

I positioned my recycle system just outside the kitchen in a breezeway so they blend into the wall a bit.

Start your upgrade by:

  • resolving clogs (places where recyling materials seem to collect)
  • relocating and spiffing bins where appropriate
  • adding bells and whistles as you like

Be sure to also address the bigger recycling issues that typically are relegated to the garage: cardboard recycle, glass, and oversized items. Implement a simple system that allows you to transport it to the curbside.

Hose out gross bins.

Be green and be clean!


View the other days in the 15 Energizing Summer Organizing Projects Series

Energize Your Entry
Freshen Up Your Fridge
Perfect Your Pantry
Upgrade Your Recycle
Brighten the Black Hole
Relocate the Bulk Bulge
Implement Hospitality Central
Behold the Shoe Bar
Create a Library
Set up a Donation System
Create a Gift Center
Eliminate Old Electronics
Deal with the Cord Orphanage
Say Goodbye to Old Media
Corral the Photos


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