Last Updated on March 13, 2022
EDITOR’S NOTE: Aldi sold this bin again in March of 2022 for the same price of $79.99.
In our house, there are three categories of trash.
One is recyclable materials. This includes aluminum cans, paper products, and glass bottles. Our area has recycling pickup, so we typically deposit these materials straight into a large wheeled recycling bin that we keep in our garage.
A second is compostable materials. These include primarily produce scraps, along with some used paper products and things such as used tea bags. We keep a small compost storage container in our kitchen, and when it fills up we dump it into our compost bin in the backyard.
The third category of waste in our house is everything else, which most people would call “trash.” This includes things like cereal bags or other plastic food bags, most cooking and table scraps, and other refuse that just doesn’t have any other function once it’s used up.
Not all homes have those three categories. Some have two, like trash and recycling or trash and composting. Some people just put everything in trash, maybe because recycling service isn’t readily available. And some people might even sort their trash into separate bins, like if they want to keep organic trash (which can rot and smell faster) separate from say, product packaging.
Regardless of how you sort trash, it’s helpful to have a system. One option that exists is a trash separator, which allows you to simply sort your trash into two (or more) categories depending on your needs and the separator’s configuration. Recently, Aldi sold just such a separator.
What We Know:
The Easy Home Dual-Compartment Separator Bin (Product Code: 803555) is an Aldi Find, which means you can only find it in stores for a limited time. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. That means Aldi won’t be able to ship it to you, and you won’t be able to find it in stores again anytime soon, if ever.
At the time of this post, the Aldi separator bin costs $79.99. Most separator bins out there cost between $100-$200, so this is actually a pretty good price, all things being equal.
According to Aldi, the bin measures 17.6″ x 13.9″ x 28.3″ and includes the following features:
- Anti-slip base
- Soft-close function
- Dual compartment for easy recycling
- Two 7.9-gallon removable inner bins
What We Don’t Know:
This bin looks to be making its debut in 2021, so we don’t know much about it, including how easy it is to operate or to change out. For that reason, we’ve created this open thread to allow readers to chime in with their observations.
Do you have experience with this separator bin? Let us know in the comments.