How to Build an Outdoor Recycling Center

Add shelter and organization for recycling and waste bins with a recycling center made from basic building materials.

  • A
  • A
  • A

E-mail This Page to Your Friends


All fields are required.

Separate multiple e-mail addresses with a comma; Maximum 20 email addresses.


Sending E-mail

Sending E-mail

Or Do Not E-mail


A link to %this page% was e-mailed

Materials Needed:

  • plastic recycling bin
  • paper recycling bin
  • glass recycling bin
  • compost bin
  • trash bin
  • vinyl peel-and-stick letters
  • shingles
  • measuring tape
  • 4x8' pressure-treated sheets of beadboard
  • 8'-long strips of 2x2" pressure-treated pine
  • wood glue
  • chop saw
  • 2" exterior screws
  • drill
  • 4x8' sheets of pressure-treated, paint-grade plywood
  • table saw
  • 8' long 2x4" pressure-treated boards
  • 1/4" drill bit
  • 1" thick by 10'-long plank of pressure-treated pine
  • pencil
  • yardstick
  • circular saw
  • staple gun
  • heavy-duty staples
  • roll of tar paper
  • drip edge flashing
  • 1" thick by 10' long plank of pressure-treated pine
  • nail gun
  • nails or brads
  • HVLP paint sprayer
  • exterior paint

Determine Proper Location

Decide on the best outdoor area for housing the recycling center. It's best to choose a spot alongside an exterior wall of the home that's not visible from the street and is a good distance from any trees.

Measure Bins and Lids

The most important factor in creating an outdoor recycling center is having the proper dimensions to store and access bins efficiently. Use measuring tape to determine the height, width and depth for each bin, as well as all coordinating lids (images 1 and 2). Note: When using trash bins with attached casters or rolling platforms, be sure to include the height of the casters and platform in the overall measurements.

Assemble Base

Create a base according to your measurements and account for reaching arms in and out to access each bin. Mark 8-foot strips of 2x2-inch pressure-treated pine with a pencil to cut four sides of a rectangular frame and four support joists (image 1). Next, cut with a chop saw (image 2). Assemble a rectangular frame on a flat, level surface, and add support joists in the center ensuring even spacing (image 3). Once all 2x2-inch pieces are placed in their proper positions, add wood glue along each of their edges (image 4). Next, secure the frame together with 2-inch exterior screws using a drill (image 5).

« Previous12345

We Recommend...

How to Build an Entryway Bridge

How to Build an Entryway Bridge

Create an overhead display surface in a foyer with these step-by-step instructions.

How to Build an Art Table

How to Build an Art Table

Create your own workstation complete with storage drawers for a place to express your artistic side.

How to Build a Dining Table From an Old Door and Posts

How to Build a Dining Table From an Old Door and Posts

An old entry door and retro-style balusters come together to make a dining room table.


HGTV Inspiration Newsletter

Create your unique, personal style with advice and inspiration from HGTV.