set of 3 compact recycling bins made of plastic textile

  • dimensions : H39cm, square bottom 27x27cm each
  • weight : 90g each
  • polypropylene fabric (like Ikea shopping bags) 100% recyclable
  • Velcro on 2 sides of each bag to attach them together
  • 2 nylon handles for each bag
  • 1 apple green bag for paper
  • 1 orange bag for metal
  • 1 blue bag for plastic
  • design: XD Design (Netherlands)
  • made in China


compact recycling bins - set of 3 - 19.00 € TTC


3 good reasons

  • you recycle, but you don't have much space for storing your recyclables
  • you seek light yet strong bags to store your recyclables, with handles so you can bring them to the nearest collection bin, and foldable so you can easily bring them back once they are empty
  • you are looking for recycling bins that will fit under the kitchen sink or another narrow space, and the rigid ones on the market don't work for you

how does it work?

First of all, make sure that the compact dimensions of these bins are what you need: 39cm high on a square base of 27cm. They are perfect for home use and can be placed in tight spaces.

  1. unfold each bag: they stand up solidly on their square base
  2. attach the bags to each other using the Velcro strips on two sides of the top of the bag
  3. and voila, they are ready to be filled.

To empty them, just separate the bin that you want to empty and bring it to the appropriate collection bin or your special recycling trash can outside your home. If you don't come straight home after, you can use the bag for shopping!

The three colours allow you to sort your recyclables correctly. The manufacturer has identified 3 types of recyclable waste:

  • paper
  • plastic bottles
  • metal

Of course, you can decide for yourself what to put where, the colour code will help you find the right bin.

Avoid recycling dirty containers and waste (generally not appreciated by recycling operations), empty cans and bottles before putting them in the recycling bin. This will also keep your bags clean and you won't have to clean them as often.


The visionary Mr. Eugène Poubelle, who invented the trash can (called a poubelle in French) in 1884, had already envisaged three separate trash cans (probably in order to sell three times as many!), but we had to wait almost a century for sorting and recycling to come into our homes and make us responsible for dealing with at least part of the considerable amounts of rubbish that we produce every year (391 kg per year, according to Wikipedia!).


Recycling rules in France

  • recycling bin: aluminium cans, tins, spray cans, paper and cardboard boxes, food cartons, newspapers and magazines (separated from their plastic packaging), plastic bottles (detergent, shampoo, etc.)
  • glass bin: bottles, jars, and other containers (porcelain, china, or other dishes as they are not recyclable)
  • household waste: biodegradable waste and non-recyclables (in short, all the rest)
  • building waste


A few exceptions:

  • cork stoppers: throw out with household waste
  • incandescent light bulbs and halogens: throw out with household waste
  • compact fluorescents: bring to the specialized bins in supermarkets and other stores
  • electric or electronic materials (power tools, household appliances, computers, toys, etc): in theory, you should bring them to a waste centre, but you can also bring them back to the store that sold them to you. There are now specialized collection bins .


What happens to our waste after we send it to the recycling plant?

  • steel: steel waste (tins and certain beverage cans) are sorted and then sent to steel mills, where they are shredded, melted, and then poured. Thus they become raw material for industry.
  • aluminium: cans and spray cans are smashed into balls and then sent to special plants where they are shredded and melted. Like steel, aluminium goes back into industry as a raw material.
  • cardboard: our boxes and cartons go back to the paper mill to be refined, wrung out, dried and pressed. They are then used to make new packages.
  • plastic: ground up and then plunged into water, this waste is then recycled and used to make new products or plastic packaging. The PET content of our bottles is used to make polar fleece garments.
  • household waste: representing almost two thirds of France's total waste (2009, source: Wikipedia) they are incinerated and usually transformed into energy (electricity) or hot water for cities. The smoke is also filtered.


practical - very light and foldable, they stand straight and open thanks to their Velcro attachments and are solid and easy to clean

take up little space - the flexibility of these bags allows you to fold them up and put them in a tiny space and to keep them out of the way when they are empty

affordable - three recycling bins for 12€