Efficient recycling storage is in the work triangle
A kitchen recycling center should be within the work triangle and as close to the sink as possible. A little refresher: The three points of the triangle are the refrigerator, the sink, and the range. Traditionally, these storage, prep, and cooking areas have been arranged in a triangle to limit the travel distance between tasks. No leg should be shorter than 4 ft. or longer than 9 ft.; the sum of the legs of the triangle should be between 12 ft. and 26 ft. Because recyclables generally need to be rinsed, keeping recycling bins near the sink eliminates extra steps. Look here first.
If you can’t convert a cabinet to the immediate left or right of the sink, look along the legs of the triangle adjacent to the sink. Inside-corner cabinets are a good option for a recycling center because they typically make awkward storage for pots and pans. Lazy-susan-style holders are available with three or four bins, or you can build a custom pullout recycling station.