These are both good ideas, but I'd question how much people would make use of the opportunity to do stuff better. I used to always leave a crate or two for bottles, yet people would often completely ignore them and put their bottle in with the other stuff. Also, the crates get in the way quite a lot.
I suggest that if the recycling situation is to be improved, we need an allocated space that is slighty bigger than what we have already, and some really clear instructions that spell out in big letters how things should be done.
EMPTY DREGS HERE
PLACE EMPTY BOTTLES HERE
PLACE CRUSHED TINS/CANS AND PLASTIC BOTTLES HERE
The only way I can imagine we could have the space would be to remove the wall next to where the recycling currently sits (in the entrance to the kitchen) and open up the space under the soup urns for a dreg-hole and buckets/crates/whatever.
Also, in an ideal world, the paper bin would be clearly labelled and accessible to all, instead of being under the till where only volunteers can use it and it is sometimes mistaken for a normal rubbish bin.