If you have made the choice to do your part in improving the quality of the environment by recycling then you realize that although your intentions may be good, it can often be hard to keep your recycling neat and organized. Making your home green does not have to be hard, there are many ways that you can organize your recycling making it easier to store, transport and sort all of your paper, plastic, glass, metal and other recyclable materials. Let’s take a look at ten ways that you can make recycling easier and more organized in your home.

Keep Your Recycling Together

Choose a spot in your home where you have the most space, and designate an area for all of your recycling materials, bins and storage containers. Having everything in one place will make it much easier to keep everything organized.

Make Deposit Items Easy to Transport

Certain items such as bottles and cans are easier to transport if they are already ready to go. Simply hang bags designated for these items in your recycling area so you can simply grab the bag and go. Label each bag to ensure everyone knows what goes into each bag.

Hazardous Materials

Many items such as batteries, electronics, cleaners and light bulbs are considered to be hazardous materials and should be stored separately from other recycling materials. Your local waste management company can provide you with details on how to recycle these hazardous items.   

Use Stackable Bins

Stackable bins are not only a great way to conserve on space; they also allow you to easily label each bin appropriately for easy recognition. These stackable bins can be separated easily so that you can empty them into larger containers as they become full.

Cabinets & Drawers

For paper recycling, many people often designate extra drawers or cabinets in a common area such as the kitchen or laundry room. You can place a piece of string at the bottom of the drawer or cabinet for easy binding once the area becomes full.

Use Containers with Wheels

If you want to keep all of your recycling in one place, yet still need to be able to frequently move containers to other areas of your home then bins and baskets with wheels can make this a much easier task.

Label Everything

If you have children in the home, it is important that all of your recycling containers are low to the ground and clearly labeled so that everything ends up in the proper basket of bin. You can easily label your recycling bins using a label maker.

On the Road

When you are driving, chances are you generate plenty of garbage which includes recyclable items as well. Place two containers in your car; one for garbage and the other for recyclables so that you can easily transport your recyclables into your bins at home.


You can buy a countertop bin for compost which can be used to transport these natural waste materials to a larger outdoor bin when full. Not only will you cut down on garbage, you will have free compost to use on your plants and home garden.

Reusable Bags

Many people use reusable environmentally friendly bags. A great place to place these bags is right by the door so that you will remember to grab them on the way out the door. Keep paper, plastic and fabric bags separate for easy access.

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