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You’ve designed and installed your IKEA kitchen, and so excited that you can use the drawer organizers and inserts. Then you realize they don’t have a solution for their 15″ waste cabinet! So, I have curated a solution to transform your IKEA kitchen waste management into a seamless, eco-friendly experience with an under-counter pull-out trash can, recycling, and composting solutions. Say goodbye to clutter and embrace a tidy, organized kitchen with my solution to the IKEA 15″ Waste Cabinet.
PLUS, learn about my favourite trick so you can store your compost bin in the same place as your recycling and garbage. It may seem small, but these little details make such a difference in day-to-day life!
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Under-counter, Pull-out Trash Cans
Recycling solutions and under-counter pull-out trash cans are popular features in many kitchen designs today. A pull-out trash can, also known as a slide-out trash can, is a type of kitchen garbage bin that you can mount inside a cabinet or pantry and pull out for easy access. It’s a great solution for keeping the trash out of sight while still within reach.
There are two common options for pull-out trash cans:
- The first option, typically under-counter, consists of a container for the trash and a mechanism that allows it to slide in and out of the cabinet. You can mount it either on the bottom of the cabinet or on the side, making it a versatile addition to any existing kitchen.
- The second option is a cabinet with a built-in system where the cabinet door is attached to the drawer. When you open the cabinet, the trash cans are pulled out immediately for easy access.
You can purchase pull-out trash cans as standalone products or as part of a cabinet or pantry system, including some options from IKEA. They come in various sizes and styles to fit different kitchen designs and needs.
A kitchen recycling solution can include various components, depending on the kitchen’s specific needs and the resources available in the local area. Some common elements of a kitchen recycling solution may consist of the following:
- Separate bins for different recyclable materials, such as paper, plastic, glass, and metal. This allows for easy sorting and collection of recyclables.
- A composting system for food scraps and yard waste. This can include a kitchen compost bin or worm bin, creating nutrient-rich soil for gardening.
- A recycling program through your local waste management company will pick up recyclable materials regularly.
- Posters and signs in the kitchen can achieve proper labelling and education, reminding people of recyclable items and how to sort and prepare them correctly.
- Purchasing products in bulk, using reusable containers, and avoiding unnecessary packaging help avoid single-use plastics and packaging.
- Repurposing items like jars, cans, and bottles promotes reusing in the kitchen.
So, Implementing a recycling solution in your kitchen can help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills, conserve resources, and promote sustainability.
The Solution to the 15″ Trash Cabinet
I did a lot of research plus a little trial and error to develop the perfect solution to the 15″ trash cabinet issue to ensure I had space for both my waste and recycling in one place. It was also important to me to maximize the space since the IKEA trash cans offered for their pull-out cabinets are too small or short.
The best solution is to buy 2 Simplehuman bins, one for recycling and one for garbage. These bins are “replacements” for a Simplehuman step trash can, but they perfectly fit the IKEA 15″ waste cabinet.
What I love about the Simplehuman bins is that they sell bags that specifically fit their waste bins; the time of bags falling down into the can are over.
The perfect bag size for this particular can I ordered for my IKEA cabinets is the “H” size.
They also sell different colours of bags, so it works with whatever your local waste management specifies. Where I live, we need clear white or blue recycling bags, and the garbage bags must be opaque.
Simplehuman products are available for purchase at major retailers such as Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Home Depot, as well as on their website. They are also available on other e-commerce platforms.
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Adding an IKEA Drawer
When you select this size of waste or recycling bin, it leaves you with the perfect amount of space to add a 5″ drawer from IKEA. Then you have the perfect space to store extra bags, box knives, tape etc. The drawer is installed so that the front of the drawer is flush with the cabinet’s frame. This ensures the waste cabinet door can close.
My Composting Solution
If you have the same frustration as me that there is NO solution for composting. I bought one of these bins from Amazon that hooks over the side of the garbage can.
It has a lid that hooks onto the side if you need to keep it off when preparing dinner or scraping plates and a rim that keeps the compost bag in place.
There is still space to add to the garbage can, but it encourages the rest of the family to use the compost rather than tossing food waste into the garbage!
Is this the Perfect Solution to your IKEA 15″ Waste Cabinet?
The IKEA 15″ Waste Cabinet deserves the perfect solution for your kitchen waste management. You can transform your IKEA kitchen into an organized and sustainable space with a pull-out trash can, recycling bins, and a composting option. Say hello to a clutter-free and eco-friendly kitchen with our innovative suggestions. Make the most of your IKEA kitchen and enjoy the convenience and aesthetics of our curated waste management solution.