The humble trash can doesn’t get nearly as much attention as it deserves. We often dismiss it and we take it for granted without taking the time to realize that there’s more than one way to think about this. Where I come from everyone keeps their kitchen trash can under the sink, inside the cabinet. While that can be convenient in some ways, it’s definitely worth exploring more ideas before making a decision. We encourage creativity so we tried to find for you a bunch of different designs and concepts that will hopefully inspire some good decisions.
Hidden pull-out drawer inside the kitchen island
If you’re using your kitchen island to do most of the prep work while cooking, it could be useful to have a trash can integrated somewhere in there. A pull-out drawer can come out of the side and it can reveal one or two bins. The placement makes it easy to use the counter while keeping the drawer open.
It can even be practical to have more than one pull-out drawer with trash bins inside. You could position them strategically: one near the sink and one near the oven or your usual prep space. This way you don’t have to run around and make a mess.
If you’re not really a fan of pull-put drawers either because of the lack of space in your kitchen or for any other reason, a tilt-out trash bin can also be an option. As before, you can integrate it into the side of your kitchen island.
Separate bins for selective trash collection
If you’re thinking of making a change regarding your kitchen trash bins, you might as well take this opportunity to also become a bit more eco-friendly. Recycling is easy if you just put a little bit of effort into it. Consider separate bins for plastic, paper, metal and the usual kitchen trash.
If you decide to go with a pull-out drawer you’ll most likely have enough room in there for at least two trash bins. If you like the idea you can even have the drawer designed to be a bit wider to have even more room inside.
Trash bins that fit in a cabinet
Trash bins are usually kept in the kitchen because that where they’re the most useful. But what if you’d choose to also put a bin in the dining room for instance? That could be practical except for the fact that it would look out of place and not exactly eye-pleasing. That, however, can be solved by hiding the bin inside a small cabinet like the one showed on bydawnnicole.
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