How to Choose the Right Size Waste Bin

There is nothing more frustrating than needing to change your kitchen bin several times a day if you have a busy family home


Consider Your Household Size

It makes sense that the larger your household, the larger a kitchen bin, you’ll need. There is nothing more frustrating than needing to change your kitchen bin several times a day if you have a busy family home, but if you live alone, a large bin could end up leaving your rubbish lingering in your kitchen for too long. This can be a problem, particularly in the hot WA summers, when your bin may develop an unpleasant odour.

Generally speaking, a small household of one or two people will only need a bin of 35 litres. An average household of two to four people should be between 35 and 100 litres, while a large household of more than four people may need a bin in excess of 100 litres.

Your Available Space

Next, you need to consider is your available space. If you want to include a pull out bin in your cabinet layout, you’ll need to plan for this. Remember, that this will mean losing out on the storage from this cabinet, although it may be possible to have a small shelf or storage above the bin for bags and other sundries. If you have limited space, it may be preferable to have a slim and tall kitchen bin that will require less floor space.

General Rubbish and Recycling

If you want to make your green lifestyle easier, you may want to have a kitchen bin that allows sorting of recyclables from your general waste. There are a number of options for bins with separate sections for different types of recyclables. This means that you can just lift the relevant basket out to empty it into the outdoor receptacle on collection day.

Final Considerations

Finally, before you make your purchase decision, you need to assess the types of trash bags available in your local area. You’re not likely to want to have to make a separate trip to a different store just to buy larger bags. It may be worth taking a notepad to your local grocery store to see which sizes of bags will be available on your typical weekly shop. Remember that if you need to buy bags that are several dollars more than your usual bags, this will add up over the course of a year. So, where possible, choose a bin that can accommodate standard size bags that are cheaper to buy.

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