Review and Giveaway: Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler

Here at the Frugal Upstate household we recycle.  Plastic and glass we don’t plan on re-using go to the curb every other Tuesday.  Paper as well.  We compost-even the centers of toilet paper tubes and dryer lint go outside to the compost pile.  Food scraps get fed to the dog, composted, or fed to the worm bin in the basement.  Even old toys and clothing (as long as they aren’t broken) get taken to the community clothing bank to be recycled to someone else in the community.
Yeah.  That’s right! We recycle.
But I’ll tell you what.  It’s HARD to find a good recycling bin for your home.  When I first started looking for one 6 years or so ago I just couldn’t come up with a good option.  Everything seemed to be made for the garage (and ours is detached and about 100 yards from the house).  I eventually wound up with this sort of rattan drawer unit that I stuck in the corner of the kitchen.
It’s not a perfect option.  Sure, the drawers come out, but they are small, they are woven rattan so I have to be careful not to break them or get them wet, and you don’t really want to be lugging them out to the curb.  Every other Tuesday Yankee Bill winds up trying to find bags or boxes to repackage all the recyclables into so they can be taken out to the curb.  It’s sort of a pain.
So I was thrilled when Rubbermaid contacted me and asked if I’d like to participate in a review/giveaway of a new 2 in 1 Recycler.  Woohoo!  I love Rubbermaid products-and apparently you guys do too as you all go nuts whenever I have a giveaway with them.
The recycler looks like a basic black kitchen trash can-but it’s got a difference!  Not only are there two compartments-the bottom 8 gallon section tilts out as you can see in the photo above-but each section lifts out with handles for easy carrying!
The only thing I find a tiny bit inconvenient is that you have to lift the lid off and set it aside when you take the top portion out.  Otherwise I think the design of this unit is very slick!

Here is the full description of the 2-in-1 Recycler from Rubbermaid:

  • Contain trash and recyclables all in one location or sort your recyclables
  • Sleek design blends into kitchen décor
  • Features LinerLock™ bag management in lower bin
  • Removable lid
  • Fold-away handles
  • 5.8 gal sorting bin
  • 7.4 gal tilt out bin with Liner Lock™ handles
  • Total capacity = 13.2 gal
  • Perfect for multi-stream or single stream recycling

And now on to the fun part–the giveaway!  I am giving away a 2-in-1 Recycler from Rubbermaid valued at $39.99!!!

This giveaway runs from today-April 30th 2012 through midnight EST Friday May 4th 2012.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me why the Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler will make recycling easier in your home.

Do you want some extra entries?  You can do each of the below once-remember, you have to come back here and leave a separate comment for each action to have it count.

Extra Entry One:  Subscribe to Frugal Upstate (or let me know if you already have)

Extra Entry Two:  Follow me, Jenn Fowler, on twitter

Extra Entry Three:  Tweet on facebook about this giveaway using the link:

Extra Entry Four: Visit the Rubbermaid “Adventures in Organization” blog, come back here and tell me the name of an article there that you found interesting.

Good luck!  You can also “like” the Rubbermaid Facebook page (keep your eye on them for other giveaways!) or follow them on Twitter.  And of course I’d always love you to join in the great conversations over on the Frugal Upstate Facebook Page as well!

*Open to US & CA residents only.

Disclosure: I received a free Rubbermaid 2-in-1 Recycler. No compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own.
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  1. says

    I read your blog on: Check Out NEW Rubbermaid Bento! I found it very interesting and I like their take on the storage box.
    I have to comment that I have been a loyal customer of Rubbermaid my whole life. When I was in my early 20s I used to sell Rubbermaid in the host parties. I had all their products and hosted a party at least once a month in my home. I loved the canister carosel and the cutting boards and the cabinet door bins to name a few of the items that, sadly, you no longer have available. I had mine all these years until our last move when some of the boxes did not make our destination move :-( This is very sad for me because I truely loved showing family and friends the rare Rubbermaid items and how they had last 36 + years ! In fact the only Rubbermaid Item I ever had to replace were the rubber spatulas, over time the rubber wore out. You are my favorite company for items for the home !!

  2. Macy says

    My townhome lacks space for recycling containers ( and storage, but that’s another story! ). I end up hanging bags from random door knobs. This container would fit perfectly in the space I have!

  3. says

    I live in the country and we compost everything possible ! Trash pick-up is not available so I have to wait until my husband has time on the weekend to take the trash all the way to the landfill. I have totes that we use for the recycling as we wash and separate everything. Right now they are lined up on our side porch and it is not very pretty. The 2 in 1 Recycler is not only practicle but very SHARP looking. I could keep this next to my back door as it appears to be very practicle! I would really like to try this out and hope to see it in the stores soon ! Having to take the top completely off would not be an issue for me, in fact, I prefer it as it would make it easier for cleaning the item inside and out. Please consider me to test this item and give my opinion

  4. Karina H. says

    My mother-in-law (who lives with us) and my kids o not get the sorting thing, because we have only one bin. So on recycling day my DH has to go through and sort. He hates it. This would be perfect!

  5. says

    My recycle bin is outside, so I typically stack all of the recyclables on the counter until a kid comes racing by – and then I force the kid to take them out for me.

    My kids would REALLY appreciate this!

  6. Susan says

    Summer project for the boys…..start a recycling program….we save aluminum cans (they love the extra money) Now on to bigger things. LOL

  7. Jenn says

    I love the idea of this… as someone who lives with the rest of her family, who do NOT share my views on the importance of recycling, this item might be conducive, easy, and practical enough to get them to start (they won’t take a can 10ft out the back door to put in the recycle can I have out there already because it’s inconvenient; puhleese). What I find bizarre about the situation is that my mother was raised in the 60s (flower power, anyone?), and my twin brothers are a generation (13yrs to be exact) younger, and went to school during a time when recycling was part of their education. Out of the 4 of us, I’m the one who recycles, composts, and re-uses as much as possible. *sigh* So, yes, rubbermaid, if it is as sturdy as your other containers, I would definitely purchase a couple of them (one for glass & plastics, one for trash – on top – and cans on the bottom, and one for misc items that go in our grey waste can for pick-up; so that’s 3? yep, I would buy 3 of them, at least to start… :) ). Also, Jenn, would this be an ok container to use in the kitchen to throw compost scraps into (so you could take them all out at once, when the container is full) or would the smell be an issue? Because that would be a couple more purchased…. :)

  8. Heather says

    I’m always recycling! Need to get a new trash/recycle option for my kitachen. In the mean time, I’m useing a small under the sink trash can that uses plastic shopping bags as liners and my reuable shopping bag as a recycle bag next to the refrigerator.

    This looks like a sharp option! I really believe that if you make recycling easy to do, more will do it.

  9. Melissa says

    I read Letting housecleaning be easy. Great short article. When I get home i plan on reading more of them . I am so like that article and it just motivated me. Also I follow frugal upstate

  10. Donna V says

    My family and I recycle everything from newspapers to aluminum cans to plastic. I have looked near and far for something acceptable to use in my kicthen. I would love this rubbermaid recycling system!

  11. Linda B. says

    It would make recycling easier because it looks like it would actually fit into the very small garage of our soon-to-be-ours house. Our current recycling bin is too large for our new space.

  12. Lanie says

    We don’t have any recylcing containers inside presently. This would make recycling more convenient for us!

  13. Colleen says

    I separate my recyclables into paper grocery bags and then put them in the bin in the garage when I get around to it. The kids are always knocking over the bags (on the floor in pantry) to get to the snacks. This would take up less space and hopefully would be a little more difficult to knock over. Although there always is the temptation to stand on top of it to get the really good snacks!

  14. Jessica says

    This would make my life easier because of all the extra room over my current set-up, without taking up more space.

  15. Hendy M says

    This will be great for our house because right now we use an ugly plastic sack hanging from our kitchen drawer so it’s a big eye sore and doesn’t really hold a lot of recyclables-this product would!

  16. Hendy M says

    My favorite article was the 6 Things To Include in a ‘No Fuss’ Entry. I have an entryway that I don’t know what to do with and this article gave a lot of great tips.
    hendymartin1 at yahoo dot com

  17. cwaltz says

    I really like the idea of starting to recycle some of our plastic bottles. Our dump does not do recyclables but our local Walmart has designated ares for plastic bottles. This way we could make a dedicated effort to recycling those plastic bottles.


  18. says

    It would help me keep more stuff combined — right now, I have a bad tendency to have veggie peelings, banana skins, etc. sit on the shelf on separate plates until I can trudge out to the compost pile. Ew.

  19. Meredith says

    I like how streamlined the Rubbermaid recycler looks. Much better than my motley assortment of plastic bins!

  20. D C says

    I’d love to win this because right now, our recyclables are a cluttered mess on our kitchen counter. It looks awful and I’d really like to reclaim that space. I’d also like an easier way to transport the recyclables from the kitchen to the outside bin.

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