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simplehuman Stainless Steel 12 gal. 2-Bin Recycle Bin

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simplehuman Stainless Steel 12 gal. 2-Bin Recycle Bin


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Our space-efficient 2-Bin Recycler by simplehuman features two amply sized bins for separating recyclables and/or trash. The SmartBucket system used along with a BagTuck keeps the plastic trash bag (sold separately) out of sight and allows for quick, no-hassle changing of the bag. A built-in lock holds the lid open for hands-free access. Simply press on the wide pedal to access the bins - the lids open and close smoothly and quietly.

  • Brushed stainless steel construction
  • Deluxe, fingerprint-proof finish
  • 7.9 gallon and 4.2 gallon capacity bins
  • Air-damper closure



  • 19-1/2" x 12-3/4" x 26" h

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simplehuman Stainless Steel 12 gal. 2-Bin Recycle Bin is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 102.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recycling plus Trash! Love this can. As a heads-up though, the large side is now blue for recycling so the bags are opposite. The "V" size is the trash and the "H" size is the recycling. TCS doesn't stock the "H" size in recycle-friendly bags and the "V" size in plain trash bags. The free samples that come with the trash can aren't the updated sizes.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great trash can! The step opener works really well and the lid does not make any noise when it closes. I needed separate trash and recycling cans and this fits the bill in one good looking can!
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth price for small spaces; dog can't open it I normally wouldn't spend this much on a trash can, but in this case it was worth it. We have a fairly small kitchen and have two separate bins for trash and recycle would take up a lot of space. This little thing just tucks in the corner. My other concern was that we have a dog who in the past has figured out how to get into trash bins. This one is heavy, so it can't be moved around or knocked over easily. The lid opens in two ways - the top lid that lifts when you use the step lever, and the big outer rim that you lift to change the bags. The top lid sits flush with the top of the can, so there is no way for the dog to use his nose to push it open. The outer rim is pretty hefty, so as of yet he hasn't figured out how to lift that. This is a 3 ft tall 45lb dog. A larger dog may be able to get into it. It is designed for the custom simplehuman brand bags, but you can easily get away with using standard cheap trash bags.
Date published: 2017-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it! We used to rinse our recyclables and place them on the kitchen window sill until someone ran them out to the garage, which was on the other end of the house. I decided to invest in this product and am so happy I did. We now put our recyclables in the smaller of the two bins. The trash bin is much smaller than our old one, but that actually works out well for us. Before, our trash would start to smell way before we were even near filling our bag. Now, right when our trash bin is full is about the time it starts to stink. So we never have to run out half full bags to the garage. Everyone compliments me on it and some friends have purchased it after hearing me rave about it. Looks sharp too!
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Just as advertised. Soft closing top, no fingerprints on stainless steel, easy to insert bags. Just great!
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful! I know it sounds ridiculous to be so excited about a trash bin, but this surpassed my expectations. Durable, clean, and efficient. Well worth the money!
Date published: 2016-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Concenient I like that I have one place to quickly throw away both trash and recyclable items. The lid closes slowly which means I don't have to listen to it slam shut. The only reason I did not give it 5 stars is because of the price.
Date published: 2016-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Purchase This trash can provides a very efficient way to toss trash and recyclables in one convenient location with easy removal of both on trash day!
Date published: 2015-06-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly as pictured I bought this because it is hard to find the dual trash can where the trash side is bigger and I wanted a trash can that was not gigantic. Looks great, functions great, easy to change bags in and out.
Date published: 2015-05-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish they'd make the bags the other way I love this bin, but we create a lot more recycling than trash. I wish Simplehuman would make blue bags for the larger size and white bags for the smaller size. Otherwise my review would be five stars for this easy to clean bin that keeps us organized.
Date published: 2015-03-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome but not perfect. I love the fact that the stainless steel does not fingerprint. We use both sides for recycling, the larger side for plastic and glass on the smaller side for paper. Really wish the smaller side wasn't so small. It's over 4 gallons, but because of the shape it doesn't seem to hold much. Still the best recycler on the market though and we are happy with it.
Date published: 2014-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth it! I had been eyeing this trash can for a month. I really wanted the combination of trash and recycle but wasn't ready to pay that much. Well I finally did it and couldn't be happier. It's gorgeous and functional. Love it!
Date published: 2014-05-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from top of the line love the "hands free" foot pedal and the clean, sleek look. it has a beautiful finish that is easy to clean.
Date published: 2014-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful product! Imagine my surprise when I went into The Container Store and found this trash/recycler can ON SALE. I was so excited as my son had broken the clip on another Simple Human trash can I had for several years. They look very nice sitting out in your kitchen and love the trash bags, they fit like a glove!! The only thing I wish is that when you pulled the cans up to change the bag they would sit on a ledge like another model of the Simple Human cans I have. Other than that, I cannot find any faults. I had been wanting a recycler for quite a while and kept putting it off due to the price. When I found this one on sale I was thrilled. I had never seen any Simple Human products on sale before. It was meant to be!!
Date published: 2014-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lives up to its name Very simple for this human. Solves many problems at once and makes recycling a breeze. All in a very attractive design at a reasonable price.
Date published: 2014-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from perfect! We chose this trash can because we loved all simplehuman products and we really needed something slick and nice since we don't have much space and the trash can had to be out in the open. The fact it has both recycling and trash units is awesome and makes it even more clever and useful!
Date published: 2014-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very convenient We wanted a bin work separate compartments so that we didn't have to stack recyclables on the kitchen counter until we went out to the garage where the big bin is located. This bin lets us do that and looks great in my kitchen, too.
Date published: 2014-04-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Purchase Ever I never thought I'd be so excited about a trash can in my life, but I love this thing! It's big enough to hold quite a bit of trash, and all of my recyclable items. It also closes very quietly on it's own after you use the foot pedal. A little pricy but worth it!
Date published: 2014-04-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best trash can Sturdy good looking trash can that contains both trash and recyclable objects together.
Date published: 2014-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product, never realized how much time it saves to have the recycle section all in one trash can.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kill Two Birds With One Stone You will love this can. Never in a million years would I have ever thought that I'd pay over $30 for a garbage can, let alone $100! But, if you take your kitchen as serious as I do, ( it's a magical, cooking, healing laboratory in my eyes ;), then get it!! It tackles the everyday trash as well as the recycle items. My family was struggling with the issue of consistently recycling and having enough space to do it in. Our kitchen is narrow and tight and this can fits perfectly! P.S. Wonderful compliment to stainless steel appliances.
Date published: 2014-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT! Should have bought this years ago! We used to use a simple human can in the kitchen with a small side ghetto white trash can for recycling. This trash can makes SO much sense! It's clean and streamlined and fits well in the kitchen and hides all the recycling out of sight. Easily take one or the other trash bag out without affecting the other. Best purchase ever!
Date published: 2014-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So glad I finally purchased! I had been eyeing this can for awhile. I just didn't think I needed to spend the money. Boy was I wrong! It's worth every penny. It's quiet, strong and a great looking piece of furniture in a small kitchen. As a previous reviewer said I also switched the sides. I use the smaller compartment can for trash and the larger for recyclables, works like a dream.
Date published: 2014-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I love this trash/recycle can. I've been wanting it for some time now and I finally purchased it. With the Click and Pick I saved 10% also. I love that one peddle opens both the trash and the recycle side...Very convenient when your hands a full of both.
Date published: 2013-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switch sides and its perfect We use the large side for recycle and the small side for trash. Works well for us! Fits neatly under kitchen island "bar" ledge. So glad to get rid of separate containers and stream line our system.
Date published: 2013-04-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Keep your recyclables hidden! I love simplehuman (have both a trash can and this recycler). I love the pedal and that the lid closes so quietly. I wish 4.2 gallon bin was a bit bigger - it's a bit narrow. Also, people often confuse this with my trash can (both simplehuman stainless steel), so perhaps they should provide a magnetic sign for the top of the lid identifying it as a recycler.
Date published: 2013-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great We love this trash can/recycler. It all fits into one can and looks nice from the outside.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Like it! We were having trouble finding something that would fit in our kitchen and make it easy to recycle. This fit the bill! And the sale make it worthwhile. Wouldn't have purchased at the full price.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best size for small apartments I thought my wife was crazy when she recommended we buy a garbage can that was nearly $180.00 at the time. We have had this garbage for 5 years now and it is in perfect condition and will make the short list of things we are keeping when we make our move in June. The reason we love this garbage can is the ease of use and compact size. We did not have the option to store trash under the sink and appreciated the two bins. We also appreciate how well it cleans up. Here are my only two issues: 1. It will not work for those who want to slide it into a narrow space since the foot operated lift is in the front. Compact yet can only be oriented one way. Simple human does have a model with the foot pedal on the side. 2. the bags, which fit really well, are costly. It will, however, accept many bag types.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Exactly what I was looking for I had been in search of trash and recycling combo bin, but everything I found seemed to be low quality or way too expensive. I was interested in this simplehuman model, but it was greatly overpriced at different store. When I came across it on The Container Store website and saw that it was on sale, I was sold! The quality is great and it's a very durable bin. Well worth the investment.
Date published: 2013-04-26
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Community Q&A

Which bags fit in the smaller blue side?

Asked by: bremama
I purchased the Simple Human "V" size liners (4.2-4.8 gallons). They come in clear or blue.
Answered by: scombro01
Date published: 2017-02-11

Can you remove both bins from the trash carry out recycling or to clean etc?

Asked by: lheeren
Yes, you can. This is a much higher quality products than others where the bins nestle together. Each bin has its own cradle it sits on.
Answered by: scombro01
Date published: 2017-02-11

Will generic trash bags work for the larger side?

Asked by: Rebekistan
Yes. We use generic tall kitchen bags for both sides. They don't fit as seamlessly as the simplehuman bags so you have to tuck the edges a bit, but they still work.
Answered by: kath123456
Date published: 2017-04-21

Wondering if blue side could be for compost instead of recycling

Asked by: Ali3434
How you choose to use the two bins of our simplehuman Stainless Steel 12 gal.Recycle Bin is up to the individual user. However, with this recycling bin, there are no special provisions for odor control.
Answered by: psb87
Date published: 2017-03-29
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