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4 Simple Ways to make Recycle Bin From Recycled Pallets

Last Updated on July 25, 2022 by teamobn

Recycled Pallets Turned Into A Rustic Recycle Bin

Tired of your overflowing recycle bins? Want something bigger, better, and at the same time stylish and affordable? Then this might be the perfect project for you!

Recycling bins are designed to make recycling easier, not more difficult! Recycling bins should be used to sort trash into the specific categories they were intended to hold: paper, glass, plastic, aluminium and others.

Recycling bins are important because they provide the best way to reduce the amount of waste you produce and divert it from the landfill. Placing a recycling bin in your home is a great way to remind family members to recycle.

Many people are recycling-conscious and will look for a way to aid their effort when they can. Recycled pallets are an economical solution to that problem. The more pallets you can collect, the more recycle bins you can create.

Pallets come from many companies, and they are often left at loading docks or in the parking lot of a store or restaurant. Ask around for pallets or call local businesses to see if they will donate any.

Mark and Lauren of ‘The Thinking Closet’ have the perfect solution to your recycle bin problem. They too had the issue of overflowing recycle bins. Their recycle bin corner is the part of their kitchen they consider the most unsightly.

Tilt Out Trash Bin Cabinet

The Thinking Closet is a blog that provides inspiration and motivation for organizing your life and home. The husband and wife team make it their passion to answer those daily clutter problems we all face.

This time, they worked on a recycling bin made of recycled pallets! How splendid and inexpensive this project would be? Well, as you expected, this DIY recycled pallet bin is as simple and as affordable any home can afford.


  • Old Pallets
  • Screws
  • Hinges


  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Screw Driver

This project proves that necessity is the mother of invention. One night while complaining about their recycle bins, came a light bulb moment that had something to do with teak hampers and recycled pallets!

The result is a recycle bin that’s bigger and can accommodate more recyclables. It’s also better looking as it has now a rustic vibe to it. And it’s made from affordable (in most cases free) pallet wood!

How to build a recycle bin using pallets?

Measure the dimensions

First, they get the size of the garbage bag that they’ll be using. For the bin project, the first and most important thing to remember is to make sure that the bin will fit into the bag or bags that they are using.

This will guarantee that their bin project won’t be too small or too big for the bags that they already have. This is the most common mistake that is made when people are doing the bin project. If they will use a bag that does not fit into the bin this will help to contribute to the improper disposal of garbage and recycling.

Cut, assemble and paint the pieces.

After the dimensions are measured, they cut the pallet into pieces to fit the dimensions of the box.
After the pallets are cut and prepped, they are then assembled into the recycle bin. The assembled bin is ready to be painted. The finished bin is placed back into the pallet box and is good to go.

Thanks to Mark and Lauren for this awesome pallet project. You can get the step-by-step tutorial here: Recycled Pallets Into A Rustic Recycle Bin

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