You will need to recycle 30 items for this.
Weapons, Armor, and upgrades can be recycled. If you have an upgrade attached to a weapon or piece of armor when it is recycled, then it will only count as 1 item. So, you should go into your crafting menu for an item and recycle any upgrade you have for it before recycling the entire item.
You can get this early if you keep crafting upgrades or buying weapons/armor from vendors and recycling them. Otherwise by the time you get a little ways into Act 2 you should have accrued enough weapons and armor to recycle 30 items. Unless of course you have been selling items instead.