10 best recycling bins

Keep your glass, paper and plastics  neat and tidy with a practical vessel. IndyBest finds waste holders to organise your outgoings

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Make your rubbish recycling a little more organised with one of these indoor recycling bins. From hi-tech vessels to practical bags, we’ve tested the best throwaway solutions.

{1} Brabantia Twin Bin: £129, amazon.co.uk

 

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This bin is divided into two parts – one 23-litre pull-out section that we used for plastic packaging and bottles, and a green 10-litre bucket that has plenty of room for compostable waste. With its slim, tall design, it’s a good one for awkward corners.

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{2} Homebase Stacking Recycling Bins: £19.99, homebase.co.uk

 

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A cheap and cheerful solution, this set of three boxes work well if you are a methodical recycler who empties all  of your bins at once. Each holds 34 litres.

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 {3} Wesco Push Two: £189.95, wesco-shop.co.uk

 

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Brighten up your recycling with this good-looking double take on the retro classic bin. It comes in eight vibrant colours or sensible silver. A quality piece, the double swing top and two separate 25-litre compartments are useful.  Take note: this is a hefty  bin that might not suit compact kitchens.

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{4} Eco 50l Recycling Bins: £32.77, amazon.co.uk

 

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You may not have room to have your recycling piling up in the kitchen, so these  frost-resistant numbers  are just the ticket for outdoor use. They come in a set of three, in a vibrant yellow, green  and white and hold  50 litres each.

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{5} The Range Set of THREE Recycle Bags: £4.99, therange.co.uk

 

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If you stick your bins in the utility room or garage, a fiver gets you three tough polyethylene tarpaulin bags  to store glass, paper and plastics. We used ours hanging from coat hooks and sloshed them under the tap if needed. With a 40-litre capacity each, they’re a steal.

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{6} Brown Recycling ‘Paper’ Bags: £5, homecandy.com

 

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These unassuming bags might look like paper, but they are actually coated with fine plastic, so you can wipe  them down. You get two sizes for your money and, unlike some of the bins on the list, they will be inconspicuous in your kitchen.

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{7} Joseph Joseph Totem: From £175, johnlewis.com

 

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This is a game-changer in the world of bins: great looks, a choice of colours (stone or charcoal) and smart-thinking design. In 50 or 60 litre sizes, there’s a pull-out integral food caddy with filter, two separate roomy rubbish sections and below, another adjustable bottle stasher our tester dubbed the “drawer of shame”.

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{8} simplehuman Rectangular Sensor Recycler: £249, amazon.co.uk

 

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Wave a hand from any angle and this high-tech bin gently opens, and it reacts to your behaviour so won’t close before you’re ready. Two large recycling bins total 48 litre capacity and an effective filter means there’s no need to empty it every day. Comes with a five-year warranty and is battery-powered. (Optional wall charger is £24.99.)

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{9} simplehuman  TWO-IN-ONE: £129.99, robertdyas.co.uk

 

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Rubbish  and Recycling Bin  A more traditional model with the same smudge-free steel finish as its more expensive counterpart, this is useful as it divides space 30 litres to 16 litres so there is flexibility if you need more room for bulky cardboard, for example. The hinge is internal so it sits flush against the wall.

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{10} Hailo Trento  Oko Recycling and Sorting Bin: £65.99, binopolis.com

 

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We like the wide foot pedal and colour coded sections, useful if you are trying to train the kids to put things in the right place. The three 11-litre bins may fill up more quickly than some of the others here but it’s a quality bin that does the job for a mid-range price.

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Verdict: If you are really going to splash the cash, the Joseph Joseph Totem is a fantastically well-designed product and a future classic. At the budget end of the scale, the plastic stackers from Homebase are a satisfying solution – especially if you have space for them in a tall cupboard.

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