Category Archives: Plastic Bins for Recycling

How to make a compost bin with a simple plastic tote

“Compost is an organic matter that has been decomposed and recycled as a fertilizer or soil amendment.”

Thanks, Wiki. But how do you make a compost bin? A quick Pinterest search can lead to premature exhaustion and overwhelming apathy. Do not fret, you do not need to go all out to create a simple home compost bin. Thankfully, there is an easy and inexpensive way.

I’m always trying to find new, unique ways to use those plastic totes that line my basement walls. As I watched the slowly changing leaves this weekend, it hit me: compost bin.

Here is a simple step by step process on how to make a compost bin:

Take your pick

Find a plastic bin fit for the job. Whether you have on laying around or must purchase one, make sure it is tall. At least two feet. And it must have a very secure, latching lid to keep our any curious critters.

Once you have a bin picked out, grab a drill or a hammer and nail to create air holes. Put at least eight hols in the bottom of the bin and in the lid. This will allow for proper air circulation and therefore even composting.

Fill it up

Back to those leaves. If you have them, collect some dry leaves from the yard and fill a quarter of the  bin with them. You can also use newspaper for this, but I really recommend the dry leaves for a more pure compost.

Next is dirt. You can buy some for a hardware store or just dig it out of the ground at home. Either way, fill the bin with dirt until it is half full.


Next, just add you food waste.  Every time you add waste to the bin, make sure to stir it gently with a shovel or hand spade. Then spray it lightly with water until it is moist — you do not want to make it too wet. Be gentle!

Finally, just place the DIY compost bin somewhere outside in the shade so it doesn’t dry out. Come spring, you will have the best fertilizer for your gardens. And the cycle continues!

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Iris – My Favorite Organizers

Clear Plastic Storage Box by Iris

Clear Plastic Storage Box by Iris

Oh Iris, you have given us so many organizing solutions over the years!  I look to this company for all of my container needs.  Organizing the home with plastic bins has become a widely popular method because it is simple and easy for anyone to do.   And you can store just about anything in a plastic storage bin.  I use the Clear Plastic Storage Box, 21.0qt – Set of 4in the garage for everything from seasonal clothes to Christmas decorations.  It comes in just about every size you can imagine, and the plastic boxes stack nicely on top of each other.

Storage Box - 74 Qt by Iris

Storage Box – 74 Qt by Iris

For the more heavy duty storage tasks, I rely on the Clear Plastic Storage Box – Iris 74 Qt (4) and the Clear Plastic Storage Box – Iris 74 Qt (2)which is the same container but it comes in different set sizes.  They have a very large capacity, but come with little wheels.  The wheels are important because once those large plastic containers are filled, they tend to be too heavy and cumbersome to carry.  They too can be stacked and the lids have heavy duty snaps to keep them secure and tightly sealed.

IRIS Clear Stackable Recycling Bins

IRIS Clear Stackable Recycling Bins

In addition to durable plastic bins for storing items, Iris makes these great covered recycle bins that are made from plastic and stackable.  They also come in sets so you can stack them up and separate your paper, aluminum and plastic recyclables.   But there’s more you can do with these stackable bins.  Fill them with pet food and use a scoop for quick access and dispensing.  Use them for storing and organizing your child’s toys and stuffed animals or for fabric in the craft room.  What makes this such a great product is its versatility!

The Latest in Green Recycling Tools

Staying Green to help out our planet earth is everyone’s responsibility.  Luckily, because of time and necessity, many products have been invented, tested and updated to make almost every area of green living easier for all to achieve.

Some of the most basic ways to live green include walking or riding a bike instead of driving everywhere, composting or even just putting your food scraps into the yard waste (if your city allows it) and helping to keep the beaches and parks clean.  But before all of those suggestions came, recycling was invented.

I remember even as a kid when the recycling bins came to our neighborhood.  There was a certain color for metal, a certain color for paper, etc.  I even remember stomping on empty beverage cans with our feet, collecting them in a bag and taking them to the recycling center in exchange for change.

can pactor

can pactor

Luckily recycling has become a no-brainer for most people, and there are tools, like the Can Pactor – Crush and Store Aluminum Cans that can make it easier for those who are still resisting recycling to accomplish their goals.

And businesses and other commercial places are starting to come around with recycling as well.  One of the greatest products I’ve seen that is designed to make recycling easier for businesses are the Half Round Recycling Bin – Cans and Bottles and Half Round Recycling Bin – Paper.    These are commercial style recycle bins that can be used absolutely anywhere, indoors or out.  I love that they come in bright colors (or black if you want) and the bold letters clearly state what type of recyclable item goes where.

square recycling bin

square recycling bin

They even come in other shapes, like this Square Recycling Bin – Paper and are basically modular – you can mix and match shapes and sizes however you want!  Whether you are a seasoned green-leader or simply new to the game, there are many products out there designed to make every type of green living easier for you.

Recycling Bins, Buckets and Boxes


Recycling is all the rage now, so make sure you have the best recycling bins and gear to get the job done right!

Believe it or not, there is a huge selection of recycling bins, buckets and boxes in almost any size, shape or even color! There are bins for beginners and stacking bins for recycling pros.

Check out these bins to help you decide on the best way for you to recycle!

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Plastic Is The New Cardboard


In today’s changing society, not only are we trying to save money but trying to be green about everything in the process. Being green and saving go hand and hand. The whole idea is to recycle products and reuse them rather than purchase and throw away, leaving landfills everywhere overloaded with unnecessary trash.

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