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Imperial Trash or Recycling Cabinets, Minimum Cabinet Opening: 12", 15" or 18" Wide

Shown with Stainless Steel Panel, Trash Cans Not Included
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
Black Base & Wood Front
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
White Base & S/S Front
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
White Base & Panel
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
Black Base & S/S Front
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
S/S Panel
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
Imperial Recycling Cabinet
Black Base & Black Front
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  • Recycling Cabinet
  • Available in 12", 15" or 18" sizes
  • 12 cabinet fits 41 quart trash can
  • 15 and 18" cabinet fits two (2) 41 quart trash cans
  • Easily separate recyclable items
  • Same size as a standard 12, 15 or 18" base cabinet or 12, 15 or 18" compactor
  • Constructed to allow for matching cabinet door
  • Wood front ready, or Stainless steel, black or white front panels and kickplates
  • For Stainless Front Panel units, the front panel and kickplate will be stainless and the base would be Black or White depending on the color chosen
  • Trash can not included
  • 1-year Manufacturers warranty on materials and workmanship


Easily separate recyclable items with this versatile Recycling Cabinet by Imperial, perfect for any homeowner who is environmentally aware.This unit is a convenient way to replace a trash compactor by filling in the space and can be used for recyclable items or for trash. Available in 12", 15" or 18" sizes, with your choice of stainless steel, wood front ready, black or white matching front panels, this cabinet is constructed to allow for a matching cabinet door. The 12" cabinet fits a 41 quart trash can while the 15" and 18" cabinet holds two 41 quart trash cans.


(W = side to side) (D = front to back) (H = top to bottom)

Same Size as a Standard 12", 15" or 18" Base Cabinet or 12", 15" or 18" Compactor

RC12 Series: 12"
Wood Front Ready Overall: 11-7/8" W x 22-7/8" D x 34" H
With Panel Overall: 12" W x 23-7/8" D x 34" H
Inside Dimensions: 11-7/8" W x 23-1/8" D x 26-7/8" H
Size Trash Can: Fits (1) 41 Quarts (10.25 Gallons)
Drawer Extends: 22"
Content Suggestions: (1) 41 Quart or 10 Gallon Plus Hooks to hang a bag

RC15 Series: 15"
Wood Front Ready Overall: 14-7/8" W x 22-7/8" D x 34" H
With Panel Overall: 15" W x 23-7/8" D x 34" H
Inside Dimensions: 14-7/8" W x 23-1/8" D x 26-7/8" H
Size Trash Can: Fits (2) 41 Quarts ((2) 10.25 Gallons)
Drawer Extends: 22"
Content Suggestions: (1) 41 Quart or 10 Gallon Plus (1) 3 Gallon Trash Cans (2) 7.5 Gallon Trash Cans

RC18 Series: 18"
Wood Front Ready Overall: 17-7/8" W x 22-7/8" D x 34" H
With Panel Overall: 18" W x 23-7/8" D x 34" H
Inside Dimensions: 17-7/8" W x 23-1/8" D x 26-7/8" H
Size Trash Can: Fits (2) 41 Quarts ((2) 10.25 Gallons)
Drawer Extends: 22"
Content Suggestions: (2) 41 Quart or 10 Gallon Trash Cans

Ship Method:

    Ships via UPS/FedEx Ground

Product Reviews:
Great replacement for a trash compactor
by: Kim Donovan     from: BARTLETT, TN      on: September 21, 2016
 Love this as a replacement for our trash compactor. It was easy to install. It pulls out very smoothly. Looks great too!

by: Barbara     from: Schererville, IN      on: September 13, 2016
 This trash/recycling pull out shelf is a perfect solution to fill in the 15" space where a trash compactor used to be.

by: anonymous     from: -, -      on: August 29, 2016

worth the price
by: Libby     from: Fairfield, Ca      on: August 10, 2016
 Fabulous replacement for old compactor. Looks great, very sturdy, fits perfectly

by: Na B.     from: San Bruno, CA      on: May 10, 2016
 Excellent High Quality Product

Nice Product...
by: AH     from: Encino, CA      on: March 21, 2016
 We purchased this unit (18-inch SS version) to replace an old KitchenAid Trash Compactor. While the unit's build quality was so so (Bent internal sheet metal with blemished paint surface, not completely flat fornt-lower kick panel), the unit is very nice. We are very pleased with its look and operation compared to our old trash compactor. The installation is easy as long as the cabinet opening is slightly larger than 18 inches in width so the door (when closed) fits in nicely into the cabinet. Our cabinet required a bit of trimming and stain touch up. We also purchased 2 41-quart trash bins (one for trash and the other for recycling) that fit nicely inside the unit. Would recommend this unit.

Good stuff
by: John     from: Boston, Ma      on: March 21, 2016
 Overall this is a good well made product. As noted in other reviews finding 41 quart barrel that is smaller than 15 inches wide is hard to do. I ended up trimming the ends of a standard 41 qrt barrel which seems to work. Improvements would be to have screw in feet to allow for proper leveling and including the barrels or selling them on this site.

Great Container
by: GinnyK     from: Tucson, AZ      on: March 15, 2016
 I got the 15" stainless front panel recycle drawer with black interior. I found the stainless steel to be of good quality and was also happy that it had a stainless kick plate. However, I did find it hard to find a pair of waste baskets to fit and ended up having to trim off the top rims of the 10 gallons I found in order for them not to tip when I opened the drawer. For the price I feel the waste baskets should be included (otherwise it is a 5 star item). Other than that I find it to be a great looking and functional part of my kitchen.

Great product to replace Trash Compactor
by: Bruce     from: San Diego, Ca      on: January 18, 2016
 Easy to assemble, easy to install. Works great to replace old non- functional trash compactor without having to have any cabinet work done. Slides out easy and holds both trash and recycling containers. Highly recommend

well made and functional
by: HG     from: Santa Barbara, CA      on: December 22, 2015
 Happy with the product and the way it installed. Looks clean, solid, and the door slides well. For the price, the cans should have been included--they are not expensive, it's just hard to find the ideal size. Also, the cans are not secured in the slider so they tumble occasionally while opening.

Good product well satisfied
by: Doug Drover     from: El Cajon, Ca      on: December 1, 2015
 Had a small problem with one the drawer slides on my cabinet.I called and received a new slide in two days. Excellent service. I would order again!

by: Carol McGurn     from: Rehoboth, MA      on: November 3, 2015
 It perfectly fits the space where my 18" Kitchen Aid compactor was, and the quality is excellent.

Nice but Assumes cabinets on either side of unit
by: Martha Dannis     from: Burlingame, CA      on: August 31, 2015
 FYI We purchased this to install between cabinet and dishwasher. The instructions are to screw the base unit into cabinets on both sides. WE did just the one side and seems to be working OK. Don't know if it will skew over time becasue one side only.

by: anonymous     from: -, -      on: August 7, 2015
 Great product. Easy to install. We are having trouble finding right size trash cans.

We like it
by: Vicki Bennion     from: Boise, ID      on: September 30, 2014
 The only negative would be that I think it is really overpriced for what it is.

Looks great in my SS kitchen.
by: Rudy     from: EL CAJON, CA      on: March 26, 2014
 I installed the 12 inch stainless steel cabinet to replace a 12 inch trash compactor which is no longer available in this size. Installation is fairly easy and the enclosed instructions are good, if you need them. As is the case with most projects, the more time you spend, the better it looks. A test with a magnet on the handle, which I assume is stamped out of the same material as the SS on the face revealed that he stainless steel is of high quality. Much higher than you would find on the majority of so called "stainless steel" appliances from China. I put two 10.5"x11"x18" plastic bins in it, one for trash, the second for recyclables. The high quality sliders have lots of ball bearings and operate smoothly. This cabinet looks just great in my kitchen.

Great replacement for a trash compactor
by: Sam     from: Pleasanton, Ca      on: March 5, 2014
 Took some time to find this product. Great product as a replacement for a trash compactor, solid construction. I got RC-15SS and it looks good. Buy RV-50-8 50qt container and fits 2 in the 15" version.

Love IT
by: Sandie     from: Roscoe, IL      on: March 26, 2012
 We were looking to replace our Kitchenaid Trash Compactor and this is a great replacement. Easy to install and looks great in my kitchen. We got the Black on Black. The young lady I placed the order with was very helpful and informative. I will definitely order from them again.

Your questions that we answered:
Do you sell the 2 trash bins for the RC-12 recycle cabinet?   - Asked about product IM-RC12-BL-SS
 Imperial does not recommend specific cans, however you can go to our bin page at and review the cans on this page.
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Am I allowed to select a wood panel that matches my existing cabinets or buy one that I can stain myself?   - Asked about product IM-RC15BL-WF
 Item IM-RC15BL-WF comes as a wood front ready panel, so you would need to supply your own panel. By purchasing your own panel, you would then have the option to paint or stain the wood.
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Would this drawer replace a 15" trash compactor and could I install it myself?   - Asked about product IM-RC15-BL-SS
 Yes, item IM-RC15-BL-SS is typically used by our customers to replace trash compactors. I have also included the very easy installation instructions for you -
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I presently have a trash compactor (old), and I want to replace it with this model, but I am concerned with the depth measurement. My cabinet is 24 inches, will that work?? Thank you   - Asked about product IM-RC15-WH
 You do have enough depth. With the panel, it's overall depth is 23-7/8". Without the panel and just wood front ready, it's 22-7/8" D.
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I'm interested in purchasing this item (12"W Stainless Steel Front Panel with black interior) with a stainless steel kick plate. The pics seem to show different kick plate colors. Can you advise as to which item would have both a stainless steel front and stainless steel kick? Thank you.   - Asked about product IM-RC12-BL-SS
 When ordering this item, the base and back portion of the unit would be color chosen; White or black. The front panel would be stainless steel if a stainless front panel is chosen, but the rest of it would be black including the kick plate.
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Can I place my own panel which matches the rest of the cabinetry in our kitchen?   - Asked about product IM-RC15BL-WF
  Yes, as long as you purchase the wood front ready panel option, it will have holes drilled on the front panel to accommodate your own custom wood door or panel.
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I see where you have answered a prior question about adding a handle. You state the front panel can not be drilled to allow installation of another handle. I would like to put a KitchenAid handle on your unit. Why do you state drilling is not possible?   - Asked about product IM-RC18-BL-SS
 You can install a different handle if you wish, you would just have to drill all the way through the panel and you really wouldn't want the screws to be that long.
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Does it come with trash cans if not where would I find them   - Asked about product IM-RC15-WH
 The 15" and 18" sizes fit two 41 quart trash cans. The bins are not included. You can do a search for 41 quart trash bins, but we do not sell them.
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Hi - Can I leave the black front or do I need to put a panel? If I don't have an extra front will it be recessed too much? Also, do you have this with a foot petal? Thanks!!   - Asked about product IM-RC15-BL
 This item is not available with a foot petal. If you select Black, the front panel will be black and it would not be wood front ready so you would not have to attach a wood panel. The item is 23"D overall. You can set the item forward in your space so that it is flush or put it where it works best for you.

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i need to know the height, and how it rolls out, and a weight   - Asked about product IM-RC15-BL
 The height of the cabinet is 34H
The unit weighs 42lbs and features full extension glides for easy access to the bins.

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Does base finish mean stainless steel when I am ordering a stainless steel front? Don't want white or black. Want stainless throughout.   - Asked about product IM-RC15-SS
 The outside panel is Stainless but the inside is your choice of white or black.
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In the picture on your site, there is a handle at the top of the stainless panel. Does the cabinet and panel come with a handle already attached, or is it possible to drill and add a handle later?   - Asked about product IM-RC15-SS
 Yes, the unit comes with a handle at the top. You cannot drill through the panel to put in your own handle.
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Is this a fully stand alone product with base. Meaning, I have an area between cabinets that used to house a small fridge so there is no cabinet structure, on the bottom only floor. Can this be placed there? Thanks.   - Asked about product IM-RC12-BL
 Yes, this is a standalone unit that has its own base, it is designed to fit in open space between cabinetry.
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Which plastic cans do you use for the 12" cabinet? What are their dimensions?   - Asked about product IM-RC12-BL
 Any 41QT trash can will work.
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Waste can does not come with it. What's a good one for this 12" wide bin?   - Asked about product IM-RC12-SS
 Any 41 Quart trash bin will work.
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Do you have any better pictures of the stainless front. I would want to make sure it matches my other stainless appliances. The photo on website looks like a flat matte finish   - Asked about product IM-RC12-SS
 We have added more pictures to the page.
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    This item(s) is also sometimes listed under the following manufacturer numbers:

    RC12-BL, RC12-BL-SS, RC12BL-WF, RC12-WH, RC15-BL, RC15-BL-SS, RC15BL-WF, RC15-WH, RC18-BL, RC18-BL-SS, RC18BL-WF, RC18-WH, RC12-SS, RC12WH-WF, RC15-SS, RC15WH-WF, RC18-SS, RC18WH-WF

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