Segregating waste is an important part of taking care of the environment these days. It doesn’t have to be a nuisance if you know how to place your waste garbage cans in your kitchen. We’ll tell you how to cleverly store them in a drawer without wasting valuable space.
Dimensions of waste baskets
Waste baskets for recycling should be the right size to accommodate plastic packaging, including bottles, for example. Waste bins come in different sizes and can be bought separately or in sets. When designing a kitchen, it’s worth thinking about a pull-out drawer on runners under the sink. This is where we most often process food for later preparation, so this solution is very practical. Drawers are pulled out on metal guides, which ensures not only safety, but also ease of opening
The drawer usually holds 4 containers for various types of waste, including biodegradable. They can be removed and washed under running water, ensuring hygiene in the kitchen. Manufacturers recommend a cabinet for the drawer with dimensions of at least 80 cm × 50 cm. For large waste baskets, you will need a width of 100 cm under the sink. This will allow you to place two waste baskets side by side.
Bins for bio waste should be smaller because it is perishable garbage that we take out most often. The largest garbage cans are for glass bottles and plastic. The garbage can for mixed waste should be in between. Before you buy, it’s a good idea to check that the garbage cans have a safety feature to prevent bags from falling inside. A ring around the opening or a special clip ensures that the bag stays in place despite being full.
It is also very important to mark the garbage cans properly, so that your household members and guests know where to put the garbage. If the garbage cans are not marked, you can get stickers, which are available in many household goods stores.
A shelf with a waste garbage can
In small kitchens where it’s not possible to install a pull-out drawer, another option is pull-out waste baskets that fit on a shelf. They take up much less space and can fit on a 50 or 60 cm wide shelf
They have special compartments and to save valuable space they also have an extra shelf above the baskets. This is a great place to store cleaning products or dishwashing sponges. Designers also recommend bio-waste bins mounted on the inside of kitchen cabinet doors. The garbage can is completely invisible, and the space deep inside the cabinet allows you to hide a recycling bin for tall glass bottles.
Types of waste garbage cans
Among the waste bins, you can find models that open manually or spring back automatically, which makes the work in the kitchen much easier. When opening a drawer with baskets, the lids open, so we don’t have to touch them – this ensures complete hygiene . The most common are square baskets, which are easier to place in a drawer.
If you don’t have a drawer, there are also round-shaped baskets that take up a little less space. They can be rotated to choose the right waste container. They have opening lids, which makes it easy to take out the bags when you fill them.
In modern cabinet systems you can have waste garbage cans that pull out individually, depending on which garbage can you need at the time. They have a special handle on the side that pulls the chosen garbage can towards you.
What kind of recycling garbage cans are currently required?
In many towns and municipalities, the segregation of waste is compulsory. Waste should be divided into:
- paper – you can throw unstained paper, cardboard and printed sheets into them;
- metals and plastics – plastic packaging, washed tin cans, plastic bottles with caps;
- glass – jars without caps, glass bottles;
- biodegradable waste – vegetable peelings, eggshells, leaves, flowers, coffee or tea grounds, no meat or perishable waste;
- mixed waste – used hygiene products, disposable diapers, tissues, perishables.
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