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Design waste bins and pedal bins - how to find the right model for your home

  1. Why waste separation is so important
  2. What belongs separately and where does it go?
  3. Size and capacity
  4. The right bin for the kitchen and bathroom
  5. The ideal material
  6. Conclusion

1. Trash cans and pedal bins - why waste separation is so important

Every year, private households produce million tons of waste. A large part of this is packaging waste. This cannot always be avoided, but it is important to recycle as much waste as possible in order to save natural resources and reduce energy consumption. Waste separation is the crucial point here, because in order to produce high-quality recyclable material, the waste should be as little contaminated as possible and disposed of in suitable categories. With a few simple steps, waste separation at home is not complicated at all and the environment is relieved.

2. What should be separated and where does it go?

To make waste separation easy at home, use a separate bin for each type of waste. These categories are distinguished:

  • Material: This includes plastic, aluminium, tinplate and material composites such as beverage cartons or coated packaging.
  • Organic waste: Everything that is biodegradable belongs in here. This includes kitchen waste, green waste, coffee grounds including filters, tea with tea bags and food leftovers (also cooked).
  • Glass: As the name suggests, glass bottles and disposable glasses are disposed of here.
  • Paper: Everything made of paper goes here - cardboard, cartons, egg cartons, magazines and newspapers.
  • Residual waste: Everything that cannot be assigned to the above categories is disposed of here, e.g. hygiene articles, rubber, leather, porcelain, fabric remnants, soiled paper, deep-frying grease, vacuum cleaner bags and animal litter.

3. Size and capacity of waste bins

Depending on the place of use and the size of the household, the capacity of waste bins and pedal bins plays a decisive role:

Bathrooms and toilets
Mainly here residual waste, such as hygiene articles, but also material in the form of shampoo and shower gel bottles are disposed of, which is why waste bins and pedal bins with a capacity of up to seven litres are completely sufficient for the bathroom.

Kitchen, utility room and storage room
The amount of waste in the kitchen, on the other hand, is considerably higher and it is mainly organic waste, residual waste and material. In addition, there is glass and paper, which can also be collected in storerooms or utility rooms.

For the kitchen, therefore, waste bins that have a capacity of at least 20 - preferably 30 litres each - are the right choice. To separate everything properly, there is the option of placing several bins or using a bin with an integrated separation system. If you have limited space or a family household, you can also use a bin with an integrated compressor to reduce the volume of packaging waste.

4. The right waste bin for the kitchen and bathroom

The mechanism for opening the bin and the opening itself define the bin's place of use, as does the capacity.

In the bathroom the following types of waste bins are particularly suitable, each with their own advantages:

  • Pedal bins (1) are very practical, as you do not have your hands free and do not have to bend down in the case of smaller models. The opening is also relatively large.
  • Swing top bins (2) allow for one-handed use.
  • Open Small opening waste bins (3) are convenient for disposing of small waste and do not require contact with hands or feet.
  • Small waste bins with separation system (4) are ideal for sorting residual waste and packaging waste in the bathroom.
The right waste bin for the kitchen and bathroom

Viktoria interior design expert tips for advisors "Bathrooms and guest bathrooms are among the smallest rooms in most households, so it's especially important here to convey calm and order while still having everything you need at hand. Range items are the best choice for combining both - an effortlessly cohesive look with the help of a bin, soap dispenser and toilet brush." - Viktoria, interior design expert

In the kitchen, utility room and storage room these rubbish bins are particularly practical:

  • Pedal bins (2) also have the advantage in the kitchen of not having to use your hands to open them - especially if they are not clean when you are handling them in the kitchen.
  • Swing top bins (1) make it possible to use them with just one hand, just as in the bathroom.
  • Trash cans with lids (3 + 4) have the advantage of a large opening for the disposal of large waste. Therefore, they are particularly suitable for the disposal of residual waste as well as material.
The right bin for every room

Organic waste needs a different waste bin. Unlike residual waste and material, this should not be collected in an additional bag, but without a bag or simply in paper bags. Alternatively, you can wrap moist organic waste, such as potato peelings, in kitchen paper or line the organic waste bin with kitchen paper.

Since organic waste tends to smell, small organic waste bins - ideally also with odour filters - are recommended to avoid collecting too much organic waste.

5. The ideal material for rubbish bins

Plastic, metal, stainless steel and rubber are the best materials for rubbish bins, as they are all strong, robust and easy to clean, both inside and out. Moreover, each material still has its own advantage:

  • Plastic allows for a wide variety of colors and has only a low dead weight.
  • Stainless steel has a high-quality appearance and integrates seamlessly, especially in modern kitchens.
  • Metal also allows a wide range of colours and, depending on the design, supports the popular industrial look.
  • Rubber is a natural product and creates an exciting contrast to its use through its haptics.

6. Conclusion - what you should consider when buying a bin

  • When separating waste, the categories of material, organic waste, glass, paper and residual waste should be distinguished.
  • In the bathroom, a capacity of up to 7 litres is ideal, as it is primarily small-scale residual waste that is disposed of. Waste bins with discreet openings and a separation system are also suitable for disposing of packaging waste from shampoo and the like separately from hygiene products.
  • For the kitchen, where all types of waste can be disposed of, several waste bins in the form of pedal bins or bins with a flap, each with a capacity of at least 20 litres, are best suited.
  • The best materials for bins are plastic, metal, stainless steel and rubber, as they are not only strong and robust, but also easy to clean.

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