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Green / Recycling
The Height of Recycling
It really pays off when recycling stacks up.

While everyone agrees that recycling is the right thing to do, it can be a challenge at times. From flimsy recycling bins to roughhousing garbage collectors, and from messes to odor, everyone’s got a complaint or two about managing their recycling. Fortunately, Rubbermaid’s new 14-Gallon Stacking Recycle Bin offers the perfect solution to managing your household’s recycling “depot.”

We spoke with Rubbermaid’s Outdoor Refuse Manager Alissa Kubera, to find out more about what makes this product a must-have in every home or garage.

“First of all, it has the ability to stack, which will save you space and allow you to separate your recyclables in one easy place,” says Kubera. By stacking one 14-Gallon unit for plastic, one for aluminum, one for glass and one for paper, you have all the storage you need for each category (Fourteen gallons per unit is the average limit for recycling service, says Kubera), while only taking up the floor space of one unit. Unlike stacking regular bins, however, he adds that, “I like that you can still access the bins at the bottom,” via their flaps.

“Some recycling bins have broken very easily, not when I used them, but when the trash collector threw the empty bin back on the street,” notes Kubera.

Rubbermaid addresses this common complaint by making the new 14-Gallon Stacking Recycle Bin less brittle than traditional bins. “It’s made from a more forgiving, durable material that won’t break,” he says. Easy-grip handles make toting a breeze.

Flaps allow you to easily add recyclables to each unit, while at the same time providing cover so that you don’t have to look at a mess of cans and bottles. They will also help reduce odor (especially if you keep the units clean and add a layer of baking soda before setting them out after emptying). Finally, adds Kubera, “you can label each flap with a Sharpie to identify which bin stores which recyclable,” to make sorting even easier. See the full lineup of Rubbermaid Outdoor Refuse containers here.

You can cut the amount of waste your home produces by vigilantly recycling. Here are three solutions for managing your refuse.

32-Gallon Animal Stopper Trash Can
Keeps pests out of your trash

45-Gallon Wheeled Trash Can
Convenience, portability and plenty of storage

27-Gallon Spring Bag
Use it to get plant waste to the composter; folds flat when not in use