Recycling has become more and more popular, but recycling bins can take up valuable floor space in your home or garage. Here’s how to make a simple hanger from three pieces 1”x4” lumber to keep recycling bins off the floor and easy to reach.

  1. Cut a piece of 1”x 4” lumber a little shorter than the long side of a lipped recycling bin.
  2. Cut two short pieces of 1×4 lumber so they fit under the lip of the recycling bin.
  3. Offset the two short pieces of lumber on the longer board, so the protruding tabs fit under the lip of the recycling bin.
  4. Screw the short pieces to the long board using 1¼” screws.
  5. Position the cleat on the wall with the tabs facing out.
  6. Level the cleat, and attach it to the wall stud using two 3” screws.
  7. Hang the recycling bin on the cleat.

Watch the video above to find out more.


With more and more people recycling, nearly every home has a recycling bin like this. More often than not, it’s kept in the garage. But garages are really crowded, so I came up with an idea of storing it in a garage but keeping it out of the way.

I made a simple wooden wall cleat out of three pieces of 1×4, and these two tabs here were spaced so that they fit under the lip of the tub. So I marked a level line on the wall about 36” off the floor. That way it’s out of the way, but there’s still storage below if I want to keep other items directly below the bin.

And I’m just gonna screw it right to the wall. Make sure you screw it right to the wall stud. These are 3” screws. Make sure its level, and drive in the other screw. There you go.

Now we just hang the bin right on the cleat – there. And now it’s readily accessible, out of the way, and best of all you can lift it off and carry it right to the curb.

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Joe Truini

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Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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