I often see on the root directory of a drive: Recycler (a folder) Recycled
I'd like to have only one of them show up (ideally just the Recycled Icon)
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The "Recycler" folder only shows up when the "Hide protected operating system files" Folder Option is disabled, so by enabling it again, the folder should be hidden again:
(screenshot taken from here)
If I understand your question correctly, look into TweakUI from Microsoft PowerToys.
It has a number of Power-User oriented tweaks and changes, and hiding icons is one of them.