Garbage Can Organization?

Does anyone have suggestions for storage of outside garbage? We have a lot of squirrels and my teens don't always put the garbage in efficiently. I was thinking of some kind of little shed but am trying to keep the cost down as 4x8 pressure treated wood is about $25 a sheet-any thoughts?

November 3, 20040 found this helpful

Full strength ammonia sprayed on sacks or cans will keep critters away. They can't stand the smell.

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November 3, 20040 found this helpful

We have problems with raccoons, skunks and squirrels getting into the garbage on our acreage. Of course, our dog would also like to get into the garbage sometimes too. My husband built a box, 3' deep at the front and 3 1/2' deep at the back and then 2' wide by 4' long. The depth is deeper at the back so that rain will run off it. He put the wooden box next to the garage on 4 concrete blocks so nothing can "live" under it and the wood won't be on the ground. It has been wonderful. The lid is heavy enough for the animals not to be able to open and yet just the right height for us to put garbage bags in and take out later. My husband did use pressure treated lumber and it IS worth the investment. We have used the plastic garbage cans and metal garbage cans for garbage in the past but they both can be tipped and they get dinged and damaged over the years.

As a reply to the other posting...if you use ammonia for the other animals not to go into your garbage would you not have to put up with the strong smell of ammonia also?

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November 4, 20040 found this helpful

My husband used a broken freezer once. He removed the latch for safety reasons, cut drain holes in the bottom and even decorated it with leftover siding from the house. Just an idea.

Good Luck!

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November 4, 20040 found this helpful

this would be free- every time the teen didn't put the garbage out properly and an animal made a mess, the teen would be out cleaning it up. Wouldn't take them long to learn a job worth doing is worth doing right- the first time!

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November 5, 20041 found this helpful

First part of the solution: frail the dickens out of said teenagers, and force them to clean up the mess. Second part: tie the can lid down with a rubber bunji cord. The critters can't get in it.

I'm an old man now, but when I was a lad if I'd neglected to get the garbage in the garbage can my father would have beat the tar out of me. I guess I just don't understand what has changed so much. Just explain to the children (or okay, teenagers) that if they miss the can they will not be able to sit down for a week... and if one transgresses, show 'em you mean it.

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July 30, 20070 found this helpful

Has anyone seen a storage rack on wheels that you can store a couple of garbage cans outside, then roll to the curb on pick up day? This would be so handy!

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