Monday, April 23, 2012

{Rubbermaid Handy Recycler}

I was contacted by Rubbermaid to see if I was interested in trying out and writing a review of their new space saving, hidden recycling bag. We were provided one for free for this review. We recycle here, but its probably different than a lot of people. We don't exactly compost either- we throw most of our scraps into our side yard for the chickens to eat. We reuse most of our other items to either use to start seeds in or water plants. We always try to make as much use of things as possible. There are some things that we just cannot find ways to reuse and they must then be recycled. 

Here is information that Rubbermaid provides about the use and benefits of this product, along with ad pictures:

We are very excited to introduce the Rubbermaid Hidden Recycler that gets recyclables off the counter and 
hidden out of sight. The features of the product include:
  • Easy attachment to a cabinet door with hooks included with the product or screws
  • A convenient handle allows the bag to easily be transported to wherever your recycling is stored for pickup or transport
  • A 5 gallon bag that holds up to 36 12-ounce cans and can fit a milk jug
  • The bag has a leak-proof liner and is machine washable to make it easy to clean after any unexpected spills
  • The bag is soft-sided allowing for flexibility inside any cabinet 
  • The bag and all packaging is made from recyclable material, and the product is recyclable 
My daughter is especially interested in recycling thanks to her preschool, Earth day, and a recent episode of Curious George that she watched about recycling. She now will tell us based on the mark on containers that it can be recycled and she helps place things in this container.

We received it quickly and it was easy to put together. This is what it looks like hanging in place in our pantry above the trash can

 The bag was all one piece, we just had to fold and snap it onto the frame that has a handle and snap into place the hanging hooks.

 here I have folded it over the frame and secured it in place.

here are the hooks holding it

 and the handle is a good size with plenty of room

You can tell its a good size bag, and should be able to hold a lot. We break down boxes to lay flat, but some 2 liter or juice bottles take up a good bit of space.

 a few items in our hanging bin

 Now we don't live in a city, we are rural and do not have trash pick-up. We have to take off our trash to the dump. We usually only do this about every 2 weeks to save gas and time. This means we have a LOT of trash to take off with 3 kids and 2 weeks worth of trash lol. This bag does not hold enough recyclables to last that long, so we would then need to take it outside into a recycling can separate that will go to the dump separate. (We are still working on that) but it definitely is convenient and does not take up a lot of room. It is easy to manage- my 4 year old can haul it outside to put it in another container. If you have regular trash pick-up, this would be a breeze. This would also fit inside a cabinet door so it is VERY handy.

Here is another picture to remind you of its height and how much it can hold. The other thing I like about this bag is that it pops off the frame easily so you can wash it if it gets yucky smelling or food juice on it.

you just unhook it from here - there are 4 of them, and it slides right off the frame to be washed, and goes right back on just as easy. I was impressed with the quality of fabric it has- it is durable and strong. 

Also notice the lining on the inside- this prevents any leaks from going through and dripping onto your floor- this is part of the reason we hung ours over our trash can to test that theory ;-)

I think this would be a easy, affordable and convenient addition to a home that recycles!! The Hidden Recycler is currently available for purchase online at and in store at Meijer.

Check it out! And if you are either very into organizing or trying to find ways to organize better, check out Rubbermaid's organizing website.

Rubbermaid contact info:
Twitter: @Rubbermaid

I was given a recycling bag free from Rubbermaid for this review. The opinions are my own.

Check out the post on Wednesday for a Giveaway of this product!!

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