How to Get Your Rubbish and Recycling Cabinets Right
Personalise your kitchen waste storage with the best bin configuration and pullout system
When you think about your dream kitchen, what do you imagine? I’ll bet the rubbish bin is not the first thing that comes to mind. But then, this is the whole point of a waste pullout – it tucks the rubbish, recycling and other waste bins out of sight, but within easy access. That way, you don’t have to look at a messy freestanding bin or struggle with a tiny, seemingly always full can tucked under the sink.
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Because a waste pullout is essentially just a very deep drawer, it can easily be integrated into the look of your cabinetry, bringing some great contemporary functionality even to traditional schemes.
If you cook often, one of the trickiest and yet most common tasks is sweeping away the remnants from chopping. You can carefully carry a chopping board to the bin, or you can bring the bin to the chopping board. But locating your compost pullout below a chopping zone means you can sweep waste directly into the bin with ease.
This is a great option for small kitchens, as the whole chopping station can be closed away when not in use, and the main worktop can still be used for other things.
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Pullout cabinets aren’t just useful for holding your rubbish bins. Many local authorities require recycling to be sorted into glass, paper and so on, and this requires managing multiple bins.
Ultimately, the exact configuration that’s best for you will depend on your layout and your typical food waste, but a system like this that holds freestanding bins can always be reconfigured a bit down the line if your needs change.
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One major concern that people often have with waste bins is the odours that can linger in the kitchen. There are several possible ways to combat this issue, and one is by using compartments with individual lids for food waste.
If you want to make sure nobody has an excuse for not emptying the bin when it’s full, try a pullout that includes a small storage drawer inside, so you can keep bin bags and related products right by the bins themselves.
Want a fully luxe look? For just a little extra investment, a system like this one with side panels (which can be custom-fitted by your cabinet-maker) will more fully cover the bins for a discreet look when the cabinet is open.
Are you planning to integrate pullout bins into your kitchen? Which one of these ideas would work best for you? Share your thoughts in the Comments.