Is it weird to be in love with a rubbish bin? 

Don’t answer that, because I don’t care. I want to shout it from the rooftops: I LOVE MY SIMPLEHUMAN RECTANGULAR RECYCLER! There. I’ve said it.

It’s tall, and shiny – not too shiny, mind, just the perfect contemporary hue of finger-print proof brushed stainless steel. Sigh. 

Pop open the hood on this baby and you’ll find two compartments – one 30l and one 16l so you can quickly separate your recycling. We already have council containers for cans, plastics and paper, so I use the big side for non-recyclable items, and the small side for degradable foodstuffs.

If my old big-name bin was the BMW of rubbish receptacles, then this is the Rolls Royce.

Take your foot off the extra-wide foot pedal, and you won’t hear the clang of the lid slamming shut. Oh no. Because this uber-bin has air suspension shocks that ease it shut gently and silently. If you want to keep it open for longer, a quick flick of the side switch keeps it propped open.

Once the bin is full, you simply lift the bucket up using the integrated handles, rest it on a special little internal ledge, and remove the bag with ease. No more struggling to pull the rubbish bag free, while the lid slams down on your knuckles.

And the slim, compact shape and low profile hinge means it can fit easily under benchtops, or tucked up close to the wall, taking up as little space as possible. 

There’s even a charcoal filter on the inside of the lid to neutralise odours. The only thing this bin doesn’t do, is empty itself!

If I had to look hard for faults, I could say that the tailor-made Simplehuman rubbish bags are a bit pricey, at £5.99 and £3.99 for a pack of 20 liners. But the bin designed to also take standard bin bags, so it’s no biggie. 

See? She’s perfect. I told you so. 

The Rectangular Recycler is available from, and retails for £149.99.

• The Simplehuman Rectangular Recycler was provided for this review


  1. Emma - April 12, 2011

    Ooooo that’s awesome and I maybe ever so slightly jealous!!! xx

  2. Mom-on-a-Wire - April 12, 2011

    Oh I understand you love affair with her ;-)!

  3. Emma - April 13, 2011

    I can appreciate your admiration of the bin 🙂 Emma

  4. Mummy's Little Monkey - April 13, 2011

    Emma: I’ve admired such bins from afar for many years, and now she’s mine, mine, mine!!!! 😉

  5. Mummy's Little Monkey - April 13, 2011

    Mom-on-a-Wire: Some people love cats, some love gardening – I love rubbish bins… 😉

  6. Mummy's Little Monkey - April 13, 2011

    Emma: Ah, a fellow rubbish-binophile are we??? 😉

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