We try hard to create as little waste as possible – separating out anything that could be donated or recycled versus tossed into our trash can. To simplify the recycling process, we keep a small recycling bin under our kitchen sink. It’s the perfect, convenient spot to toss empty cans, bottles, and packaging.
However, since this is also a common spot for trash cans, we’ve occasionally had guests accidentally toss in their garbage instead. Looking for a simple fix, I decided to add the recycling logo with vinyl. This is a really easy way to note any bin for your recycling.
- Small plastic bin (ours is from IKEA)
- Silhouette or similar cutting machine
- Cut file – download ours for free here
- Transfer paper
- Smoothing tool
Step 1 Size the recycling logo design in your cutting software according to your bin size. Cut the design out of adhesive vinyl.
Step 2 Peel away the extra vinyl leaving only the recycling logo design on the backing paper. Apply a piece of transfer paper that is slightly larger than the design.
Step 3 Peel away the backing from the vinyl design carefully so that the design remains attached to the transfer paper.
Step 4 Position the image on the recycling bin.
Step 5 Use a tool or credit card to smooth out the design and remove any bubbles.
Step 6 Carefully peel the transfer paper off the recycling bin being careful to not pull up any of the design with it.
Step 7 Enjoy your newly decorated recycling bin!
Where do you keep your recycling bin?