Bob Vila Radio: Home Recycling Centers

By Sarah Monzon & Bob Vila | Updated Apr 13, 2014 2:01 PM

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By now we all know that recycling’s the way to go, but to get your whole family on board, you need a system that’s easy to use.



Listen to BOB VILA ON HOME RECYCLING CENTERS, or read text below:

Color-coding and labeling bins, with pictures if necessary, and posting instructions where everyone can read them helps avoid confusion. Offer kids the incentive of keeping the refund for washing out, organizing and redeeming the bottles and cans.

Keep the muddy curbside collection bins outside and set up a sorting or collecting center inside, as close as possible to the source of most of the waste: the kitchen. Cabinet makers now offer great pull-out drawers or carousels with plastic bins to sort and hide recyclables.

If you don’t have room in your kitchen, line up bins or baskets on a shelf in the mud room, laundry room, basement or garage. it might even be worth converting a closet into your recycling center to keep it out of sight… but easy to reach!

Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening to—or reading—Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. Today, it’s all about Home Recycling Centers.

For more on recycling, consider:

Quick Tip: Creating a Recycling Center at Home
7 DIY Recycling Centers for Small Spaces
Learning to Love Recycling