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Build an Awesome Container for Storing Recyclables!

How to Build a Recycle Bin

I like to recycle, however, a 5 gallon bucket with a lid just did not fit in with my kitchen. I wanted something a bit more cool and at least with a little more style! I came up with this idea and used 1/2″ plywood – in fact, the plywood was a bonus! I special-ordered a couple of sheets of walnut plywood for another project and they were sheathed in two pieces of this plywood! How awesome!! So with these plans, you can build a recycle bin to suit your needs and fit your decor without it sticking out like a sore thumb!

how to build a recycle bin

how to build a recycle bin


  • 1/2″ plywood
  • Wood glue
  • Brad nailer and 3/4″ brad nails
  • Saw of your choice
  • Square & Pencil
  • One set of hinges
  • One cabinet pull
  • Paint or Stain
  • Stencils and acrylic craft paint

Cut List

  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 7-5/8″ x 11-3/4″ – Bottom
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 7-5/8″ x 24″ – Sides
  • 2 – 1/2″ plywood at 12-3/4″ x 24″ – Front & Back
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 2-1/2″ x 11-3/4″ – Inside Hinge Support
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 8-5/8″ x 12-3/4″ – Top
  • 1 – 1/2″ plywood at 2-1/2″ x 12-3/4″ – Top Hinge Support


1. Cut the pieces for the bottom and the sides. Assemble as shown using glue and 1″ brad nails.

how to build a recycle bin_Sides & Bottom

2. Cut the pieces for the front and back. Attach to the sides and bottom with glue and 1″ brad nails.

how to build a recycle bin_Front & Back

3. Since the plywood is thin, the screws for the hinges would go right through the wood so add a 2-1/2″ x 11-3/4″ piece to the inside back. Use glue and clamp until dry.

how to build a recycle bin_Hinge Piece Inner

4. Cut the piece for the top and the top hinge support. Position the top hinge support then secure using glue and 3/4″ brad nails. Install the hinges on the cabinet, then on the lid. Add a cabinet pull if desired.

how to build a recycle bin_Hinge Piece Top

Finish as desired and stencil something cool on it! I stenciled the word RECYCLE on the front. It is so easy to build a recycle bin – the plans are perfect for all skill levels but if you get stuck, contact me at cher {at} designsbystudioc {dot} com and I would be happy to walk you through it!

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