Can I put a waste bin in a kitchen unit?


This simple answer to “can I put a waste bin in a kitchen unit” is YES! You could put a standard waste bin in an empty unit but that would not work too well, so we offer quite a few waste bin solutions that allow you to easily dispose of your waste and get it ready for recycling at the same time. Many of the waste bins that we supply have multiple waste compartments which allows you to separate your food waste from your cans and cardboard very easily.

Bin Unit

Waste bins do tend to take up a whole kitchen unit. So, before factoring this into your design, please ensure that you have left yourself enough unit space for everything else that your kitchen will need to accommodate like pots, pans, plates and food. You may also want to leave enough space for the bread and ice cream makers that you’ll probably acquire at some point:-)


Types of pull out waste bins

There are many different types of waste bins available. There are those that just sit in the unit, which you have to pull out manually to put your waste in and there. And, there are other waste bins where you open the door of the kitchen base unit and the waste bin comes out to you, for easier and more convenient access.

Highline waste bin kitchen units


Can a waste bin fit in a drawer line unit?

Yes, our bins can either fit in a drawerline or highline kitchen base unit. Waste bins that fit into a drawerline unit obviously will be smaller in height, so you get a little less waste disposal space but you do get more usable space in the kitchen. This is extremely handy for storing cutlery or takeaway menus!

There are some drawerline waste bin examples below.

Drawerline waste bin kitchen units


Waste bin examples

Here are some examples of waste bins and how they could look in your home.

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53 thoughts on “Can I put a waste bin in a kitchen unit?”
  • tommy says:

    hello. i am just looking at the first picture. do you have the 300mm pull out bin instead of the door hinged version? thank you.

    July 13, 2024 at 3:41 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Tommy, there is a pull out bin available here. Pull out bin options.

      July 15, 2024 at 7:25 am
  • Zoey says:

    Hi there,
    We’d like to fit two large pull-out bins within our 400mm unit. Am I correct that you only offer 2 x 32L bins in a unit that’s at least 450mm wide? I was able to find pull-out bins that fit a 40mm unit elsewhere. I was wondering if I can just order a regular 400mm base unit (with a hinged door) and install the pull-out bins I source myself to the unit and the door? Is there anything else I need to look out for?
    Many thanks!

    February 26, 2024 at 4:30 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Zoey, the x2 32 litre bin mechanism is only available in the 450mm wide units. We would ideally need to see the measurements for the bin mechanism you’re looking to purchase, to advise you on whether it would be suitable for our 400mm units. The internal dimensions for our 400mm base unit are as follows – W364mm x H684mm x D510mm. If the bin mechanism fits within the measurements provided, then it is possible for you to fit the bin mechanism into a standard 400mm base unit. However, We would advise for you to send the the bin mechanism measurements over to us via the support ticket section on our main website – So we can double check this for you. Please be aware that you would need to order the unit and then the doors separately, so the door can then be fitted to the bin mechanism on site.

      February 27, 2024 at 9:31 am
  • Pete says:

    Is it possible to put any of the bin units under an oven in an oven tall unit? (Looking at the Luca Matt range). It doesn’t appear as an option, but wondering if it can be done if you order the relevant bits by the kitchen fitter.

    January 21, 2024 at 12:22 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi Pete, this will depend on the oven unit you are looking at, we can supply the whole bin mechanism on its own if you want to retro fit it, you will need to have the correct space in the unit. I am not sure how advisable it is having a bin so close to an oven, as the smell of the bin will be close to fresh cooking food.

      January 22, 2024 at 12:07 pm
  • Nicola says:

    Hello, I’m currently adding the pull out bin unit to my basket but unlike all the other units there is no option for me to add soft close hinges, is this an error or does this type of unit just not need soft close hinges?

    January 11, 2022 at 9:00 am
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, the soft close dampers are built into the runner on the pull out bin unit.

      January 11, 2022 at 9:16 am
  • Alexa Harrison says:

    Dear DIY
    Can you fit a pull out bin into 400mm Helmsley door frame? On the 3D planner the answer was yes, when I called it was a no…. I’m thinking no, because it’s inflame but thought I would double check!


    June 22, 2021 at 7:58 pm
    • DIY Kitchens says:

      Hi, for the inframe kitchens, we would supply a combination door attached to the unit (the frame and door as one piece), this way the accessory will work just fine.

      June 23, 2021 at 10:25 am
  • Adam says:

    Is it possible to get a replacement 20ltr bin to fit BDB4-40GSH. If not do you have details of the manufacturer so I can order a replacement. Thanks

    December 12, 2020 at 7:26 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, if you give our aftersales team a call 01977 608 418 (M-F, 9am – 5pm) with the unit that you have then they will be able to advise you on bin replacements.

      December 14, 2020 at 8:36 am
  • katie swann says:

    Hi, which bin unit is the 2nd and 4th pictures down please where the bins look like they sit on a shelf? I’m not keen on the ones that “hang” as our last ones kept slipping through and falling out!

    May 18, 2020 at 7:46 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Katie, the only bins available now are shown here and they all come with very sturdy mechanism. I have updated the article to reflect this.

      May 21, 2020 at 7:18 am
  • Christine says:

    Regarding the 450 highline unit with 2 x 32l pull out bins…can the “lid” be totally removed?

    April 17, 2020 at 5:06 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the lid is 1 big piece that fits in the unit and can be removed very easily for cleaning.

      April 17, 2020 at 7:04 pm
  • Charlie Buckley says:


    Please could you tell me what the max weight your 300mm wide waste bins can take? Thinking of using one for dog food in both the 20l and 10l bin within but worried that would be too heavy.


    November 23, 2019 at 4:39 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Charlie, the 10 litre bin should hold approx 4kg and the 20 litre bin should hold approx 8kg.

      November 26, 2019 at 10:55 am
      • Charlie Buckley says:

        Also the 32l please? I meant more what a safe weight for the mechanism, rather than your answer seems to imply what weight they could physically fit in them?


        November 26, 2019 at 11:00 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Charlie, the bins are fitted on Hafele DWD runners and these are capable of taking a combined weight of 30kg at full extension.

        November 26, 2019 at 4:03 pm
      • Charlie Buckley says:

        We have decided to go for the 450mm wide with 2no 32l in. If we filled these with 12ish kg of dog food each bin would the mechanism break? What would be the safe weight for the cupd mechanism? thanks,

        November 26, 2019 at 11:01 am
  • Jane says:


    Could you fit an induction hob on top of a waste bin unit or is this an awful idea in practical terms?

    Thinking about hob and bin in our island.

    November 13, 2019 at 11:19 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Jane, an induction hob would technically fit above a bin unit but it is usually more practical having cutlery/pan drawers below it.

      November 14, 2019 at 7:26 am
  • Hayley says:

    Hi, what’s the maximum size unit you sell which includes two large pull out bins (not attached to doors? We need one for waste and one for recycling and I really dislike small bins for either. Thanks.

    October 24, 2019 at 11:00 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Hayley, this is the only one we have with 2 bins that are not attached to the door.

      October 25, 2019 at 7:45 am
  • kevin says:

    Hi can you tell me do the bins supplied with the 450MM pull out bin unit, come with lids? if not can you purchase them?

    March 25, 2019 at 11:56 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Kevin, the pullout bins don’t have a lid attached to them but when you push the bins back in the unit then there is a lid built into the unit that sits on top of the bins. The image below shows how the bins would look with the internal lid on. Pullout Bin Lid

      March 25, 2019 at 12:09 pm
      • Simon says:

        I have this Ultima pull out bin with the door fixed to the bin. The one you supplied the door is not straight. How can I adjust the door on the bin? I cannot locate all the fixing points as they are hidden.

        November 10, 2019 at 4:44 pm
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Simon, The bin unit adjusts in the same way as a drawer front, just unclip the plastic Ultima cover on the side and adjust. The advice guide on how to do this is here. If you need anymore assistance on this then our aftersales team will be able to help on 01977608 418.

        November 11, 2019 at 2:40 pm
  • joe says:

    Hi please could you tell me if your 300mm bin FDB3-30GSH opens automatically when you open the cupboard, or do you have to manually pull out the bin or lift up the lid. I am looking for a hands free option.

    October 28, 2018 at 6:54 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Joe, unfortunately, the product quoted needs to be pulled open after opening the door, whereas the unit with the product code (FDB45-2X32GFH) can be pulled open with the door but it isn’t available in the 300mm wide unit though.

      October 30, 2018 at 7:40 am
  • Rod says:

    Can I fit one of your pull out bin systems into a 1000mm or 800mm sing unit, with real draw, such that it fits to the left hand side and under what would be the sinks draining board.

    The bowl and plumbing for the sing would be on the right hand side, and I guess I’d just be faced with cutting down the length of the internal shelf and need to add a support halfway along the width of it for support….does this sound correct?

    May 30, 2018 at 2:28 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Rod, fitting a bin into a sink unit can cause issues. The plumbing kit and U bend can clash with the bin.

      In an 800mm wide unit with a bowl and half sink there will only be approx 200mm of space to the side of the plumbing or approx 250mm with a single bowl.
      A 1000mm unit would give 400mm or 450mm respectively and would offer the best chance of a bin fitting with a sink unit, but it would not be easy as you might not get the depth required.

      May 31, 2018 at 7:49 am
  • Melanie says:

    Hi, do you have any waste bin solutions that would work with a corner?


    May 8, 2018 at 11:45 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Meanie, i’m afraid we do not have the option to have a bin unit inside a corner unit, this would obstruct the use of the corner unit if you where to have the bin attached to the corner unit door.

      May 8, 2018 at 3:54 pm
  • kath says:

    Can you tell me if the door is adjustable as the one you have sent me is not sitting straight onto the cabinet?

    March 26, 2018 at 9:18 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi Kath, this article shows how to adjust the doors –

      March 26, 2018 at 10:19 pm
      • Jessica says:

        This doesnt show a bin unit, only standard units? I need to know this too as mine is wonkey.

        June 12, 2018 at 8:56 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi, each bin unit is different and is usually screwed onto the door. If yours is wonky, please ensure that the unit is squared with a spirit level in all directions and leveled using the feet; this is a common cause of alignment issues. If it is still wonky afterwards, please give our Aftersales team a quick call on 01977 608 418 with your order number and let know of the issue.

        June 12, 2018 at 9:09 am
  • Chris says:


    Does the 450mm high line base unit (FDIDB45-2X26GFH) come fitted with the actual bins? I notice you don’t list 26ltr bins in the waste solutions section.


    January 26, 2018 at 9:42 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, yes, this unit comes complete with the actual segmented bins. This particular Unit comes with 2 x 26ltr plastic bins.

      January 29, 2018 at 1:31 pm
  • Kate says:

    Does the pull out bin BDB45-2X26GFH have a working drawer or is it just a dummy drawer front?

    January 19, 2018 at 9:39 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, yes, this is a working drawer.

      January 19, 2018 at 9:40 am
  • Stuart Allenby says:


    We’ve had the FDIDB5-2X26GFH waste bin unit and found 2 plastic strips that were loose inside. Where do these fit??

    December 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, we are unsure what these are. Please can we ask for an image, so we can ask the factory? You can send the pic in on a support ticket below.

      December 18, 2017 at 2:27 pm
      • Jessica says:

        I was wondering this too, i received 4 with mine?

        May 23, 2018 at 8:31 am
      • Diy Kitchens says:

        Hi Jessica, having had the bin installed in my own kitchen last month, I got 2 of the plastic strips as well and they serve no purpose at all:-) Please just throw them away, we think it is some form of packaging from the manufacturer of the bins. I personally spent 30 mins trying to get them to fit somewhere but there is nowhere for them!

        May 30, 2018 at 12:42 pm
  • Derek says:

    For waste bins that slide out, what sort of seal do they provide when closed? If they are full of food waste I would want a true seal too keep any smells in, but anything I have seen so far (including yours?) the lid seems to just hover above the bin, and not down on top of it, so leaves a few mm of gap all around.

    August 11, 2017 at 11:44 am
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, all bin mechanisms we supply have just a cover lid type as described, we do not supply one that has a true seal when closed.

      August 11, 2017 at 12:49 pm
  • Michelle Adams says:

    Can you fit a waste bin under a sink?

    August 3, 2017 at 4:29 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, it would not be advised as you will have lots of pipes and plumbing that would get in the way of the bins.

      August 3, 2017 at 7:06 pm
  • Ed says:


    Which base unit is the bin unit 3 pictures down (next to the ‘Angled Base Unit’) It has 2x bins in it and a shelf above?

    July 31, 2017 at 8:22 pm
    • Diy Kitchens says:

      Hi, the bin unit is this one.

      August 1, 2017 at 8:29 am
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