REduce REuse REcycle

REduce REuse REcycle

As I’ve written this blog over the last three years, I’ve become somewhat of an unwitting advocate for recycling. I certainly wasn’t aiming for that, but I’m very happy to be able to do my little part for the world by helping people see the cool things that can come from reusing and re-purposing vs. tossing stuff in the landfill.

So when Apartment Guide contacted me about sharing a recycling project of my own with my readers, I hopped on board! Here’s what I came up with:

I started with this broken-down thing from Goodwill. I don’t even know what it is, a barrel on wheels? I actually passed it by three different times on three different days as I was contemplating on what kind of ‘recycling’ project I could share.

Then as I was home sitting in my thinking chair, or rather, spinning around and around in my office chair, it hit me! I could use that barrel thing that I saw at Goodwill, and turn it into a recycling center! I rushed down to the store, and no surprise, it was still there. And only $5.99!

I’m very literal. You ask for a recycling project, you are going to GET A RECYCLING PROJECT. Of course, I had to doll it up a little with a little vinyl and some stripes. Studies show you are more likely to recycle when your recycling-barrel-on-wheels is cute.

It’s perfect, because it was already divided inside, and it will roll easily to the curb to be emptied into our street bin on recycling day.

Want to see another makeover? Ok. This is what the door from my garage to my house looks like. (There should be a name for that door. You can’t really call it the garage door.) Anyway. It was pretty gross. I can’t believe I’m showing you. 

 Ug.  Embarrassing.  But now:


Just more vinyl and black paint. Easy! And so welcoming. It really does make me smile, and I’m considering painting all my doors black now, it just looks so much cleaner.

(If you’re interested in eco-friendly cleaning products, Apartment Guide offers tips on how to make your own!)

Whether you’re living, looking or moving, Apartment Guide can show you how to make your apartment greener and make the most of your space on the Apartment Guide blog.

I actually have learned a lot from Apartment Guide, like, did you know you can’t recycle pizza boxes and juice cartons? What!?! All this time I never knew. You CAN recycle things like trophies, cell phones and crayons though, pretty cool, huh?


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  1. julie
    November 7, 2012 / 9:36 PM

    I so want a cute recycle thingy on wheels now too! And I just started painting my oh so icky garage door..vinyl coming in the mail! Nice job!

  2. November 7, 2012 / 9:45 PM

    We’ve always just called that the door to the garage, no matter which side of it we’re on.

  3. November 7, 2012 / 9:46 PM

    That is really cute! I also wanted to let you know that every area has its own rules for recycling. In my city, we CAN recycle pizza boxes & juice cartons. Call your local city services hotline, or check online to find out what’s acceptable.

  4. November 7, 2012 / 9:51 PM

    Love your thingy on wheels and especially your door!!! Looks awesome!!

  5. Rose
    November 7, 2012 / 9:55 PM

    Your recycling bin is cute but I love that garage/entry door! So cute and welcoming.

    I will reiterate what Mumzy said:
    Call your local solid waste hauler to find out what is okay in your area. If you set your adorable recycling bin out in my area, we (I work for a hauler and we provide recycling carts) would take it away as trash! I would never want that to happen to you or anyone else, so call your provider to see what is acceptable. 🙂

    (Another weird thing – we accept cardboard pizza boxes but only in our compostable recycling cart – not with our other recyclables like cardboard and glass. It’s the grease that makes it different!)

  6. Rose
    November 7, 2012 / 9:57 PM

    *Sorry, I was reiterating what -Mia- said. I’ll blame my mistake on my browser. It got confused. 🙁

  7. November 7, 2012 / 10:35 PM

    Yay for you for promoting recycling and in such a stylish way! ~ Maureen

  8. November 7, 2012 / 10:47 PM

    well i don’t know what it really is but it looks exactly like the old fashioned ice cream barrels. we found a few in my grandma’s old house that she used to put her LARGE quantities of handmade soap. we didn’t recycle. best we could do was burn them. i guess i’m not helping with the whole “recycle” vibe am i lol

  9. November 7, 2012 / 11:49 PM

    awww love the door~!! great job!

  10. Anonymous
    November 8, 2012 / 12:23 AM

    Love the door…can’t see the dirt when it’s painted black. Totally stealing your idea because mine looks much worse. Oh, and we always call that door a “man door”.

  11. November 8, 2012 / 2:00 AM

    Great project and I lOVE the black door! I kinda hate that I saw this post because now I want my door black too – will add to the never ending to-do list!

  12. November 8, 2012 / 4:06 AM

    I love both your projects! My son and I built a house and I picked a shade of black for the exterior doors. He was doubtful of my choice until he saw the finished doors, then he told me to save the paint colour because he was probably going to use it on his own house. 🙂 Sometimes Mom does know best!

  13. stephbo93
    November 8, 2012 / 4:29 AM

    I love the idea of pretty-fying the garage door that’s not a garage door! And I especially love the “Welcome Home” on it. It just makes me feel good.

  14. November 8, 2012 / 4:38 AM

    I love your recycling container and now I’m trying to figure out how to paint my back door like yours. Very neat.

  15. November 8, 2012 / 3:57 PM

    Who could hit “Hmm”??? This is a great way to make recycling fun-anything on wheels is fun, right?

    Love the black door and stencil. Your kids will remember these little touches around your home.

    You’re a memory recycler, yeah, you are!

  16. November 8, 2012 / 9:10 PM

    Cute! The “Welcome Home” on the door…I LOVE THAT! About ten years ago I had a sign made that said, “Welcome Home” that I hung on the fence that lined our driveway behind the garage. I thought it was neat to have the place welcome us home every night. lol

  17. November 8, 2012 / 9:44 PM

    I love the black door. The vinyl lettering is so cute! Where did you get it?

  18. November 9, 2012 / 5:50 AM

    Love both projects, you creative genius, you!! They are both spectacular!

  19. February 16, 2016 / 6:13 AM

    Great projects! I love to get creative thinking of new ways to recycle and reuse materials. The black door is very cool! Thanks for sharing!

  20. June 20, 2016 / 2:30 AM

    Great set of ideas. We also recycle our vegie scraps back into the soil & grow herbs and vegies for our own consumption. When I buy vegie eg celery I buy whole (cheaper) and then cut into quarters and give to friends. More and more of us are sharing fruit and vegie this way – fresher and less waste.

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