I know a trash/recycling pull out is a very popular option here. (I also realize I don't have to do something just because it's very popular on GW.) My KID has put one in my plan, but I'm not entirely sure.
On the one hand, I certainly see the advantage to having all of that out of the way and out of sight. Nothing taking up floor real estate, nothing yucky to look at.
In our kitchen at the moment, trash goes in a conveniently located tall trash can with a swing top. I don't really worry about it if I touch it with dirty hands. Mostly I don't have to, because there's nothing to grab and I can usually push with the relatively clean back of my hand. And it's easy to wipe down.
Recycling is even easier from a functional point of view, although decidedly uglier. Plastic and metal items go in a designated spot on the counter. Newspapers and other paper items go in supermarket paper bags. Both items get taken down every couple of days. Ugly but easy.
Putting everything in a pull out will certainly look better. No more recycling lying around. No more space given over to the trash can. But, . . it seems far less convenient. Having to open a pull out every time I want to throw something away seems inconvenient. Getting the handle dirty and needing to clean it every time my hands are dirty and I need to throw something out seems annoying. Right now, if I've been cutting raw chicken and I want to throw away the package, I can push the can open with the back of a hand. With a pull out, I'm going to get it all raw chickeny and have to stop and wipe it down with a Clorox wipe in the middle of cooking.
Am I over thinking this? Is this not as much of a problem as I think or am I making a good point?
Is this why people suck it up and pay for one of those Hafele foot pedal things? Sigh. How much is THAT going to cost me?
Has anyone here just decided to go with a stand alone trash can and stand alone recycling containers? If so, are you sorry?
In a related question, if I decide to go with in cabinet trash/recycling disposal, I'm toying with the idea of a 3 can corner unit (scroll down in the link below). Does this strike anyone as a particularly good or bad idea?
Here is a link that might be useful: Corner Recycling Unit