Sustainable Living: Adding an In-Home Recycling Center

February 1, 2013

Pull Out Recycling Center

Pull Out Recycling Center

Sustainable living is very important to CAGE Design Build, which is why we often recommend eco-friendly materials to homeowners. Another kitchen accessory to keep in mind during a remodel is an in-home recycling center as it’s often the perfect time to add an easy-to-use, visually appealing system of bins.

Creating an Effective Recycling Center

Iowa State University offers helpful tips and tricks for creating a sustainable home recycling center including:

  • Make recycling as convenient as possible…choose a spot in or near the kitchen (where most of the solid waste is generated).
  • For your recycling center in the kitchen…slide-out storage provides convenient access.
  • The number and size of storage containers you’ll need depends on the number of categories into which you must sort solid waste…check local recycling requirements to decide how complicated a storage system you’re going to need.

Sustainable Kitchen Design

A lot of homeowners want to help the environment by recycling, but don’t want the overall look and feel of their kitchen to change with bins sitting in the corner. A pull-out recycling center like the one we recently installed in our Los Gatos remodeling project (pictured above) is often a great solution. Of course, you can also use your remodel as a time to swap in retro garbage cans or decorated wood if you don’t want to lose the space, but we often find it’s worth the sacrifice for many homeowners to install a recycling center that slides out of their cabinets.

Have you given much thought to ways you can make your home more sustainable? A remodel is a fantastic time to make your house your eco-friendly dream home. From smaller projects like installing a recycling center to larger projects like redoing a kitchen, bath and bedroom, CAGE Design Build can help. Contact us for a complimentary in-home consultation to find out how we can help with your next remodel!

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1 Comment

  • 1. Michael Durket  |  February 7, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Wow! That’s an amazing recycling center! It looks just like the one in our kitchen!

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