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Build a Recycling Organizer

Tired of recycling boxes and bags cluttering up your garage or porch? Build an organizer that is not only functional but also elegant - and environmentally friendly, too. The one pictured here was constructed from FSC-certified lumber and plywood and painted with low-VOC paint. Everything you will need for this project can be found at The Home Depot.

11 Steps

  1. Construct the bottom
  2. Cut a piece of plywood
  3. For the shelf on the right
  4. For the shelf on the left
  5. Cover the back
  1. Construct the doors
  2. Construct the lid
  3. Nail trim
  4. Mark
  5. Mark
  6. Paint the exterior
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Step 1

Construct the bottom

Construct the bottom and top frames using 2x2s. Dimensions of both the bottom and top frames are: 44-1/2" wide, 20-1/2" deep with a cross piece centre at 17-1/2" from the left side. Connect the bottom and top frames at each corner using 2x2s that are 32" in length.

Step 2

Cut a piece of plywood

Cut a piece of plywood to fit on the bottom frame. Dimensions of bottom plywood are: 20-1/2" x 45". Notch out 1 1/2" squares where the uprights are.

Step 3

For the shelf on the right

For the shelf on the right (that holds recycling blue boxes), mount cross pieces half way between the top and bottom, going all the way around. Cut a piece of plywood to fit in that space and notch out the corners of the plywood so that it fits around the frame.

Step 4

For the shelf on the left

For the shelf on the left (that holds the organic green bin), cut 2x2s 4" long and screw them to the inside of the uprights. Then cut some plywood with the corners notched out to fit the uprights.

Step 5

Cover the back

Cover the back of the recycling organizer with plywood. Dimensions of back are: 44-1/2" x 35". Then cover the sides with plywood so that they overhang the back and are flush with the front frame. Dimensions of sides are: 33" x 20-1/2".

Step 6

Construct the doors

Construct the doors using plywood. Dimensions of left door are: 33" x 18". Dimensions of right door are: 33" x 28".

Step 7

Construct the lid

Construct the lid using plywood. Dimensions of lid: 45" x 20-1/2". Nail trim around the raw edges of the lid. Dimensions of lid trim are: 45" in length x 1-1/2" tall x 1/2" thick for 2 sides of the lid, 20-1/2" in length x 1-1/2" tall x 1/2" thick for the other 2 sides of the lid.

Step 8

Nail trim

Nail trim around the raw edges of the bottom. Dimensions of base trim are: 44-1/2" in length x 2-3/4" tall x 1/2" thick for 2 sides of the base, 20-1/2" in length x 2-3/4" tall x 1/2" thick for the other 2 sides of the base.

Step 9

Mark

Mark where the hinges are to be attached - 2 attaching the back frame to the lid and 2 attaching each door to the side frame. Pre-drill the holes for the hinges and screw them on.

Step 10

Mark

Mark where the cabinet knobs or pulls are to be attached - 1 on each door and 1 on the lid. Pre-drill the holes for the cabinet knobs or pulls and screw them on.

Step 11

Paint the exterior

Paint the exterior of the recycling organizer using low-VOC paint.

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Project Details

Skill Level: Beginner

Time: 3 hours

Before you start, read this »

Due to differing conditions, tools, and individual skills, The Home Depot® assumes no responsibility for any damages, injuries suffered, or losses incurred as a result of attempting to replicate any of the home improvement ideas portrayed in this website Before beginning any home improvement project, review it thoroughly to ensure you or your contractor can finish the project and if any doubts or questions remain, consult local experts or authorities. Because codes and regulations vary greatly, you always should check with authorities to ensure that your project complies with all applicable local codes and regulations. Always read and observe all of the safety precautions provided by any tool or equipment manufacturer, and follow all accepted safety procedures.

Materials

  • Galvanized Nails (for the frame)
  • Eco Options FSC-certified 2x2s
  • Wood Screws
  • Eco Options FSC-certified Plywood
  • Eco Options Low-VOC Paint
  • 3 Cabinet Knobs or Pulls
  • 6 Hinges
  • Finishing Nails (for the trim)

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