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Christmas Project: fit an in-cupboard kitchen recycling bin

Christmas Project: fit an in-cupboard kitchen recycling bin

Now's the time to order one of our top quality bins to be ready for guests or if you're planning to do some home improvement over the festive season (last delivery of In-cupboard products is December 23rd, resuming on January 6th!). 

With recycling options, smooth soft close, extra strong build quality and a wide range to cover standard cabinet sizes, our Wesco and Vauth-Sagel bins can be added to your new build or retrofitted into existing cabinets. They have a transformative effect in the kitchen, turning a cabinet into a hidden bin to free up floor space and hide your waste.

If you think you haven’t got enough cupboard space to devote to a bin, even a narrow 300mm cabinet can be converted into a recycling bin, as this kitchen shows. If you can devote a cabinet like this to a bin you can have up to 42 litres of recycling capacity ingeniously hidden inside it. Hidden bins help to keep the streamlined look of your kitchen, and also help to keep pets out of the bin. I think the cat here is trying to work out where the bin is!

Another clever space saving option is to use the area under your sink. The Wesco Shorty Low Level In-cupboard recycler is designed specifically to fit below most sink plumbing, with a height of only 345mm. If you use it in a 500 or 600mm cabinet, you’ll still have space to the side for cleaning materials. 

If you're in the process of planning or fitting a new kitchen, you can give some thought to the capacity of bin you will need and allocate a cabinet to it. If you or your kitchen fitter would like to see technical drawings or fitting instructions for any in-cupboard kitchen bin, just give us a call and we can email them to you. These often help with the planning and design stages.

Integrated in-cupboard bins are just as successful when retrofitted into an existing kitchen. Although the bins are designed with standard cabinet sizes in mind, it's often possible to fit a free-standing bin into a non-standard cupboard. Check the internal depth and height of the cabinet and avoid plumbing or other obstructions. The bin dimensions given on the product pages are all for the dimensions of the bin itself when fitted into the cupboard- the volume it takes up - so you can see accurately if it will fit your cupboard space.

When you're choosing an in-cupboard bin, start by measuring the external width of the cabinet, then refer to our Buying Guide to In-cupboard bins for a list of products for Pull out or Hinged doors. The simplest products have a metal frame which screws to the base of the cabinet and gives some tolerance on where to position the frame within the cupboard width. These products are generally for hinged doors.

For pull-out doors, we have 3 products which combine frames screwed to the cabinet base and door, plus the large capacity 64 litre Wesco 789611-85 which has side runners to attach to the inside of a 400mm cabinet, plus door fixing.

Other products for pull-out doors are based on soft-close 'drawer' runner systems to give you extra smooth operation and up to 30Kg load bearing performance. This is important when you consider the weight of full bins, especially at larger capacity, being moved in and out many times a day for years. Cheaper products don't often survive this workload, which is why we don't sell them!

We have two ranges of In-cupboard bins based on soft-close runners, both designed to fit exactly into standard cupboard widths, assuming that they're built using either 16mm or 19mm wide MDF or wood: spacers are provided to give some tolerance.

Vauth-Sagel Oeko Liner bins come as a complete kit including a unique design of side panels housing self and soft close runners. These bins are 470mm deep which means there is no problem fitting them in a standard 500mm deep cabinet, and you may be abkle to fit in front of pipework or cabling. For more details on these excellent new products, see our blog all about the company and products.

Our other pull-out door bins are the Wesco Pullboy Z and 300AZ ranges. These are based on a Blum Tandembox drawer unit which needs to be ordered with the bin: the checkout system will add the correct one for you and both bin and Tandembox will be delivered together. The Tandembox takes over the operation of the opening and closing of the cabinet, using Blum's Blumotion soft-close mechanism for smooth and silent running. The bins pull out on runners which are fixed to the sides of the cabinet casing, and the bin framework attaches to the door. These products do take a little extra skill in fitting, mainly to ensure that the side runners are exactly level as the starting point for the smooth and balanced operation of the bin.  

So if you're planning to install an in-cupboard bin to help keep the kitchen tidy and deal with the extra recycling and waste that Christmas brings, please have a look at the range or start with our Buying Guide to In-cupboard bins which provides the key information you need.

As always at Binopolis just give us a call if you need any product or fitting advice and ideas. If you have cupboard dimensions and you'd like some help with choosing the right bin to fit, just email or call us and we'll be happy to help. We can help ensure that the right bin is delivered to you first time.

Please order by 4pm on 22nd December to make sure your bin is delivered ready to install before Christmas or during the holiday.