For years we had a trash can out in the open in our kitchen, a pretty basic black step-can. The underside of the lid would get all gunked up if we overfilled it, the step would break, and it looked awful. Skip ahead to my (very long) list for my dream kitchen, a hidden trash can. And recycling. Because now we need both, and an open paper bag full of bottles, cans and newspaper was just gross, especially with inquisitive crawlers and toddlers around.
I was pretty used to the under-sink trash, but with our decision to get the largest sink possible, a fabulous 36" farmhouse sink, the re was no space left under the sink. And there are two dishwashers (yay!) one on each side of the sink, so no space for trash there. Enter the island, right behind the sink, so it's a quick pivot-and-throw maneuver. I also love that I can chop on a cutting board, slide out the trash, and wipe and trash into it with a quick swipe. The recycling is just behind the trash, with space on the side to hold the trash bags, a paper bags we use for recycling.
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