Welcome to Day 4 of Go Green Week! Today, I am sharing my recycling station at home. This has been something I have wanted and needed to do for awhile now. As embarrassing as it may be, up until now, I have been storing my recyclables in a grocery bag in the floor of my laundry room. My laundry room is itty bitty, so basically, the bag covered the entire floor. My son got into it all the time and it was a mess.
When I decided to do a “Go Green” week, I made it my goal to set up a recycling center. If I didn’t accomplish anything else that week, my home was getting a station for me to keep these things. And, I am happy to report that with the help of my hubby, I got it done.
Our station is located in our garage right beside the door. I put it there, so I could stick my head out and toss an item in a bucket.
Let me say that my garage is a complete mess to start off. It is our gigantic catch-all (insert frown)! I am not happy about it, but it is a work-in-progress. We plan on building storage for the space, but it hasn’t reached the top of our priority list yet. Making the recycling station was the first step in this process, though.
After Some Cleaning
The Final Result
You probably recognize the green pegboard. It came out of my office!
So, look for an office update soon!
You might be wondering why my “plastic” container is a lot larger than the glass and metal. After some thought and evaluating my recyclables, I determined that I have a lot more plastic items than the other two. So, I decided to use a much larger container (a trash can) for those things. Plus, I saw the blue trash can in Lowes and HAD to have it. Blue (and green) scream, “RECYCLE” to me.
When I decided to create a recycling station, I set a budget for myself. I didn’t want to spend over $30.00 and I stayed within that budget.
- 2 black buckets from Wal-Mart (not available online) – $12.00 ($5.97 each)
- Blue 32-gallon Blue Hawk outdoor trash can from Lowes – $13.00
- Table – old
- Donate tub – old
- pegboard – old
- TOTAL: $25.00
I created the laminated labels using the same process I described in my “How to Create Laminated Labels” post.