Introduction

Countertop bins conceal the body of the bin, which is set into the countertop. The design is commonly used for recycling food, scraps or waste, such as vegetable peelings. These may then be composted domestically or put out for collection.

Step 1

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Draw a Guideline on the Countertop

Draw a cutting guideline on the countertop. The bin's manufacturer should provide a template, as well as instructions for fitting, but here the lid ring is being used for this purpose. Positioning is very important with a bin of this type, as it is necessary to cut a hole in the countertop, meaning mistakes are not easily rectified.

Step 2

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Cut the Guideline

Create a starter hole with a drill. Then use a jigsaw to cut around the guideline.

Step 3

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Fit the Outer Ring

Position the lid ring in the hole. Some manufacturers recommend fixing the ring with silicone sealant around the underside of the rim.

Step 4

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Position the Bin

Position the bin in the ring by simply placing it through the hole.

Step 5

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Seal the Lid

Create a seal for the lid using an inner rubber ring. These are easily removed for cleaning.

Step 6

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Fit the Lid

Fit the lid to the rubber seal for a neat finish. Depending on the depth of your bin, it may be necessary to remove shelves below or at least customize the cabinet design so the bin sits in its hole.