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Recycling Bin Under Kitchen Sink

Recycling Bin

April 21, 2017 Sarah Coggins
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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.

Simple DIY Recycling Bin Tutorial with Free Cut File

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
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer paper
  • Scissors
  • 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.

Recycling Bin: Size Logo in Cutting Software

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.

Recycling Bin: Peel Vinyl Backing

Step 4 Position the image and press into place.

Recycling Bin: Position Vinyl Design

Step 5 Use a tool or credit card to smooth out the design and remove any bubbles.

Recycling Bin: Smooth Vinyl

Step 6 Carefully peel the transfer paper off being careful to not pull up any of the design with it.

Step 7 Enjoy your newly decorated recycling bin!

Recycling Bin Under Kitchen Sink

Where do you keep your recycling bin?


  • Lauren April 29, 2017 at 9:46 am
    I really love the idea of any D.I.Y crafting and this is one of my most favorite D.I.Y idea. Thanks for the clear step-by-step explanation and I think I am going to give it a try.
  • Andrew August 28, 2017 at 10:16 am
    Very good idea! Congratulations on trying to create as little waste as possible .
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