this might be a stretch for this forum...

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I can't figure out what to do with my recyclables. Right now we just throw them next to the trash can in the kitchen until it's time to take them out.



So... what can I do to make this less white trash? I thought about a recycling bin but there's gotta be something better. Ready? annnnd go!
 
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Out of curiosity, why not use a recycling bin?

I just keep bottles, cans and cardboard in a brown grocery bag (with handles); when it fills up, I drop the entire bag in the larger blue bin outside my apartment building.
 
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Don't quite follow you.

If you can't be bothered to get a recycling bin, what is it exactly you expect? 

Magic vaporizing wands?

Cardboard?  You can compost it, burn it, or paper mache it.  All of which take more efffort than tossing it in a recyling bin and having the city pick it up for you free.
 
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Since you are concerned with appearances, how about placing your recyclables in a cabinet or a closet, out of view? Put them in a bag (as suggested above), put the bag behind closed doors and voila.
 
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Ikea has some flat white bins that have a diagonal side that hinges open.  We bought one and put it under our usual garbage can, and put the bottles in there.  Without spending the entire day looking through catalogues (the italian one is different from the american one so the products may be slightly different) i found this, which is similar to the one we got.  Ours has the opening on the narrow side, and there's enough room for a big kitchen garbage can on top.  They;re intended to stack and to be able to open while stacked, so you can put stuff in them without taking one off the other; I didn't look through to see if there were other models on the american catalog. 

Also i always squash my plastic bottles so they take up a lot less room (small apartment).  Takes a second. 

http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/50169548
 
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Big difference in doing it on a household level and commercial level. Which way we talking?
 
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Out of curiosity, why not use a recycling bin?

I just keep bottles, cans and cardboard in a brown grocery bag (with handles); when it fills up, I drop the entire bag in the larger blue bin outside my apartment building.
I was wondering if there was a more elegant way of going about this. We need to replace that trash can, also. I think we found a double trashcan that we can use one side for recyclables and one side for waste.
Don't quite follow you.

If you can't be bothered to get a recycling bin, what is it exactly you expect? 

Magic vaporizing wands?

Cardboard?  You can compost it, burn it, or paper mache it.  All of which take more efffort than tossing it in a recyling bin and having the city pick it up for you free.
I was trying to avoid having the big blue box sitting in my kitchen. I figured other people have been recycling for years - maybe they had an interesting alternative to the ever classic plastic bins.


Big difference in doing it on a household level and commercial level. Which way we talking?
Household - it's in my kitchen.
 
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