5 ways to recycle in style

Recycling has never been more important but let’s face it, the bins can be a bit of an eyesore. We shortlist our favourite vessels in which to sort your glass bottles from your paper napkins in style…


Great looks, a choice of colours (stone or charcoal) and a smart-thinking design, the Joseph Joseph
Totem (from £175) from Binopolis has it all. As well as two roomy rubbish compartments, it comes with a removable food caddy, complete with filter, which can be stored on your kitchen worktop or in the bin itself. It comes in a variety of sizes, so you can find the best fit for your home, not to mention a 10-year guarantee, too.

Behind closed doors

Perfect for those who prefer to keep their waste - and their bins -behind closed doors, the
Ninka one2five4 in-cupboard bin (£235) from Binopolis comes with everything you need to turn a kitchen cabinet into a hidden recycling haven. It's suitable for 600mm wide cabinets with pull-out doors and provides a massive 80 litres of recycling space in the form of 4 inner buckets.

Cute and compact

Thanks to its dinky size and chic design, this compost bucket (£20) from Garden Trading can sit proudly on kitchen worktops without drawing unwanted attention - just the thing for compact kitchens. Fill with food waste, then simply remove the plastic inner bucket (thanks to it's handy carry handle) when you're done. A tight-fitted plastic seal ensures any composting smells stay where they belong - in the bin!

Skinny love

If you're looking for a space-saving solution to robust recycling bins, the Joseph Joseph Stack separation system
(from £50) from John Lewis is for you. Made up of slim-line units that can be stacked together, it blends beautifully into any kitchen. Each unit has a removable inner bucket and sliding lid, as well as a colour-coded tab for separating recyclables.

Colour pop

Brighten up your kitchen with the good-looking Push Two 50L bin (£164.95) from Wesco. A take on the classic retro design, it conveniently houses not one, but two 25L compartments, each with its own stainless steel swing top - ideal for separating kitchen waste from recyclables.

Available in eight vibrant colours, from sunshine yellow to sensible silver.