Recycling has never been more important but let’s face it, the bins can be a bit of an eyesore. We shortlist our favourite vessels in which to sort your glass bottles from your paper napkins in style…
Great looks, a choice of colours (stone or charcoal) and a smart-thinking design, the Joseph Joseph Totem (from £175) from Binopolis has it all. As well as two roomy rubbish compartments, it comes with a removable food caddy, complete with filter, which can be stored on your kitchen worktop or in the bin itself. It comes in a variety of sizes, so you can find the best fit for your home, not to mention a 10-year guarantee, too.
Behind closed doors
Perfect for those who prefer to keep their waste – and their bins -behind closed doors, the Ninka one2five4 in-cupboard bin (£235) from Binopolis comes with everything you need to turn a kitchen cabinet into a hidden recycling haven. It’s suitable for 600mm wide cabinets with pull-out doors and provides a massive 80 litres of recycling space in the form of 4 inner buckets.
Cute and compact
Thanks to its dinky size and chic design, this compost bucket (£20) from Garden Trading can sit proudly on kitchen worktops without drawing unwanted attention – just the thing for compact kitchens. Fill with food waste, then simply remove the plastic inner bucket (thanks to it’s handy carry handle) when you’re done. A tight-fitted plastic seal ensures any composting smells stay where they belong – in the bin!
If you’re looking for a space-saving solution to robust recycling bins, the Joseph Joseph Stack separation system (from £50) from John Lewis is for you. Made up of slim-line units that can be stacked together, it blends beautifully into any kitchen. Each unit has a removable inner bucket and sliding lid, as well as a colour-coded tab for separating recyclables.
Brighten up your kitchen with the good-looking Push Two 50L bin (£164.95) from Wesco. A take on the classic retro design, it conveniently houses not one, but two 25L compartments, each with its own stainless steel swing top – ideal for separating kitchen waste from recyclables.