In San Francisco, recycling is mandatory and so is composting. So what happens when you leave a trash can out filled with both landfill trash mixed with compost and recyclables?! You could get fined! Though it's not mandatory for those living in a large condo complex like mine, Honey and i still try to compost and recycle as much as possible. We have a smaller trash can for landfill items, a paper bag (or two/three) of recyclables, and a "countertop" container of compost. So what does that really look like in our home?!
That means the recycling sits in a corner, so it can lean against something, and block a cabinet, sometimes two. Then comport used to sit on the counter but it started to stink too much so we moved it to the floor. Then Kiggster would play with it so we decided to move it outside. Well, that was super inconvenient because that meant we could not dump food into the bin until after we were cleaning up and sometimes we just didn't remember to do that. Out of sight, out of mind, right?! So we ended up with another compost bag floating on the countertop! But we were back to the stink issue and also the it looks horrible on display issue! Well, Rubbermaid was awesome enough to send me their 2-in-1 Recycler for review and this is how things are looking like:
We use the top part of the recycler as compost and the bottom for recycling. I love the tilt out bottom container, it's such a great feature! When I have not free hands, I step on the foot pedal and out tilts the bottom container! I line the bottom recycling portion with a paper bag for easy transport to our downstairs community recycling bins. Each portion of the bin has it's own carrying handle for transport but I decided to use the paper bag for transport instead because I could just take the paper bag out on my way to work and not worry about having to bring the container back up. For the top portion of the container, I need to get compost bags large enough to fit in there but we are also using a paper bag with the top half cut off for now. The one thing that I would improve on about the top container is the lid. I wish there was a way for the lid to stay open on it's own when lifted but that's a small drawback for the other great features! Both compartments of the recycler can be removed so it's very nice for cleaning if there are any spills, leaks or just because you feel like cleaning! The bottom bin also features a liner lock feature to keep bags from slipping but since I use paper bags, I haven't needed that feature.
I am definitely enjoying my space-saving recycler that allows my family to go from 3 containers (not counting the floating compost bag on the counter) to 2 containers that does the job, takes up minimal floor space, and doesn't block any cabinets. We put the recycler under the kitchen counter (bar area) where we couldn't put anything before because it was too narrow of a space and the paper bag filled with recycling would just topple over. It's nice to utilize a space that couldn't be used before!
So do you think Rubbermaid's 2-in-1 Recycler could help you in simplifying your recycling/trash routine?
Rubbermaid has generously offered to giveaway to one Kangaroo Mama fan (US only) The 2-in-1 Recycler! It normally retails for $39.99 and you can also check out Rubbermaid's website to check out and purchase any of their other products! You can also check out their blog, Adventures in Organizing, for some tips and ideas on organizing your own space! To enter the giveaway, come enter the Magical Mother's Day Giveaway for your chance to not only win the Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler but also several other prizes. All you have to do is fill out one Rafflecopter form and you're eligible for all the prizes! Don't wait, come enter here!
Kangaroo Mama was provided free product from the sponsor company for review but the opinions stated in this posting are completely my own honest opinion and not influenced by the sponsor company. Prize and shipping is the responsibility of the sponsor company.