I have had the pleasure of reviewing a beautiful recycler from Simple Human recently; to be precise it’s the 48 litre touch-bar recycler. For me personally I have never liked recycling as it usually means lots of cartons and cardboard stacking up on my work surfaces throughout the day or carrier bags filled with recyclable items hanging from the kitchen door handle, so I have really enjoyed recycling with Simple Human and their 48 litre touch-bar recycler.
Recycling in the home is so easy but so many of us forget or believe that we don’t have enough time to sort through our trash and recycle. Nine out of ten homes in the UK have recycling bins that are emptied by the council either weekly or fortnightly, but how many of us actually fill these recycle bins? *Hands up* I’m guilty of putting out a half empty recycle bin on collection day, well I say “I” but it’s actually S that takes charge of bin duty. So whilst reviewing the Simple Human 48 litre touch-bar recycler, I decided to set the Mummy Whiskers family the challenge of filling the recycle bin every fortnight.
The touch-bar recycler has many fantastic features, the design was thought out very well and the recycler is very stylish and slick, perfect for any kitchen. My favourite features are:
The blue one is for recyclable items and the black one is for regular trash, I used the bin liners provided in the black bucket. The liner bags are really strong and easy to tie up with draw string fastening. The buckets are great and I love been able to store my recyclables in there until I have time to take them out the to the recycle bin in the garden. The bucket easily lifts out so I can take it outside and simply tip the contents into the outdoor recycle bin.
Under the recycler are nylon slider discs, they make it effortless to move the recycler across the floor and don’t leave any marks on the tiles. Until I looked underneath I was convinced the recycler had wheels!
This is pretty cool, you can lift the bucket a few inches, tilt it and it sits on the curves inside the recycler so you can easily change the bags over without fully removing the bucket.
Yes, that’s right; this stainless steel recycler is fingerprint proof. Believe me G certainly tested this feature thoroughly!
It’s so easy to open the recycler; just a gentle tap on the touch-bar opens it. If you don’t want to touch the recycler with your hands you can easily use your hip, knee or any other body part to open it!
10 Year Warranty:
This product comes with a 10 year warranty, although I doubt you will need it as their products are very well made with the best quality materials.
Space Efficient Hinge:
Finally, the recycler has a space efficient hinge, this means that the lid to the recycler not only fully opens but it moves up out of the way so you can access the bins inside fully without catching the lid with trash.
But my favourite thing about the recycler has to be that my kitchen looks THAT much nicer now that my trash is hidden inside this beautiful new kitchen feature. I have found that since using the touch-bar recycler I have become more conscious of where I am putting the trash and this has resulted in our recycle bin overflowing on collection days. I’m actually going to ask my local council for a second recycle bin!
The 48 litre recycler is £149.99 this comes with free delivery and a 10 year warranty. I can’t praise this product enough; it’s wonderful and has made such a great improvement to my kitchen in more ways that one.
Here are a few simple pointers to help you recycle more at home:
- Firstly check if your local council does recycle collections and when. You can also find out what you can recycle and where here.
- If you don’t already have a recycle bin (usually green) then request one from your local council. They’re free of charge.
- If you need more space you can ask your local council for a larger recycle bin or a second one, depending on the area you live in.
- Check all packaging for the recycle logos, if you need help understanding what each logo means you can find out here.
- Check with your local council what items they recycle, this can vary in different areas.
- Wash food containers such as glass sauce jars and tins before putting them into the recycle bin.
- If your local council doesn’t collect certain recyclable items such as glass then check your local supermarkets for recycling drop off points.
- Get your children to join in with sorting through what can be recycled; it’s never too early or too late to make a start.
- Most supermarkets collect used carrier bags to recycle now, so this is something else worth checking out.
- You can find lots more tips on recycling at Recycle Now.