This Old House: A recycling center, complete with a trash compactor and sorting bins. Wainscoted doors and a poured concrete counter top dress up the 4-foot-by-2-foot built-in, which is also an ideal spot to sort the day's postal delivery, so that junk mail can get dropped right where it belongs.
• Hide it in a rollout base cabinet within one step of the sink, or no more than two steps away if it's in an opposing island. • Place an additional recycling bin on the rollout, or multiple bins on a second unit near the exterior door if your municipality requires sorting.
Round Up Your Recycling A two-bin unit lets you sort recyclables and trash, then conceal them behind doors. The most convenient location for this unit is next to the sink so cans and bottles can go straight from a rinse into the appropriate bin. Or, choose a location near the door where you exit the house to limit how far you must lug the bins.