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Uses for Plastic Trash Bins

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Trash bins whether new or recycled can be put to a variety of uses in addition to their original purpose. This is a page about uses for plastic trash bins.


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July 29, 2010

When I was a bride, I received a plastic trash container filled with kitchen and household items, along with this tip - use the trash container for a mop/cleaning bucket! It's a simple habit to get into, the trash container is right there in the kitchen anyway. Just pull the trash, add your hot water and cleaner.

After your cleaning job is done, swish the mop or sponge around the inside of the container to clean it. Next, dampen a paper towel and wipe the exterior if needed, then empty, rinse, and wipe the container with the paper towel before setting in the sun to dry. Bonus tip - the bottom of the clean trash container is the best place to store your stash of plastic bags, making pulling and replacing the trash bag a snap every time.

By nhe from Denton, TX

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October 11, 2007

I have collected oodles of plastic trash bins, bathroom, kitchen, some with lids, that people throw out on our base. It slays me to see these perfectly good items thrown away, not to mention the petroleum used to make them. Any ideas on how to create something from them? I have used them as planters, but my husband thinks our garden looks like the front yard of "Sanford and Son". You folks are so brilliant when it comes to ideas; I had to ask.


Incirlik, Turkey


October 11, 20070 found this helpful


I use washed-out 5 gallon buckets for planters (kitty litter) and to keep things looking neater, my husband is building a "planter box" with a screen bottom, and flat wood sides. The buckets, with holes drilled for drainage, will sit down in the box side by side -and you will see just the wood sides, not my buckets. You could probably do something similar for your trash buckets.

You could use them for sorting laundry.

If you have kids/grandkids, they could be decorated with stickers or something and used to hold toys.

They can be used to store yarn - my MIL puts her yarn in one with a lid and just pulls the yarn out through the lid so the cats cannot get at it.


Another option is to donate them through freecycle or goodwill or something - people just starting out in a new home might be able to put them to good use.

Hope this helps.

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October 11, 20070 found this helpful

I use Krylon Fusion (paint for plastic) get them the color you want, or leave them as is, then...paint designs on them or find neat fabric to cut pieces from and decopoge them on...they can then be used for trash of course, planters, scrub them good first and they can be used as "gift" baskets. great for holding garden supplies..look at my photo album at http://photobuc  gardenlady58102/
to find lots of ideas for decorating Trash to Treasure stuff :0)

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October 12, 20070 found this helpful

I buy cat litter in these buckets, and I use them to store items such as: handbags, toys, out-of-season beddings and clothing (make sure you use moth balls or cedar chips)


For smaller cans, you can use them as buckets, leave cleaning solutions in them so you can carry all your cleaning supplies. For the square/oblong ones, you can use them to hold magazines, papers. You can paint or decorate them so they just look like regular storage bins, then you can just put them on any shelf

Anna, NYC

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October 12, 20070 found this helpful

I use plastic trash cans to hold up plywood shelves. My shelves are about a foot wide and 4 feet long. The trash cans work great as supports, and if I need to move them, they are lightweight and stackable.

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By lindajean (Guest Post)
October 13, 20070 found this helpful

Just be sure they have no water--even 2"--as a child can drown if they fall in headfirst.

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October 13, 20070 found this helpful

Do any of them clean up to look like new? If so, I'd use them to put items in for Wedding Showers: kitchen towels, pot holders, can openers, hot plates, and such, rather than a clothes basket; or Baby Showers: diapers, pins, powder, lotions, etc; House Warmings: furniture polish, glass cleaner, spray bottles, dish detergent, etc; or for anything you might use a gift basket for.


Just tie a ribbon around it and top with a bow. But make sure they are well cleaned and disinfected, and in good shape.

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October 14, 20070 found this helpful

I love these ideas! Thank you so much for responding to my request. I love this website for the really terrific folks and their brilliant ideas. My trashbins will never look the same again! Bless you all, Sharon in Turkey

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October 25, 20070 found this helpful

I use them to hold garden tools and also one for brooms and mops. You can use one to store wrapping paper in too. I love to recycle and find different uses for ordinary things.

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October 25, 20070 found this helpful

Thank you! suzi-homemaker01! for the idea to put wrapping paper in a bucket/trash bin/whatever! I have been wondering what to do with the rolls of paper I have accumulated. This is such a brilliant idea!!


Kind regards

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October 26, 20070 found this helpful

My sister uses the "Big" trash container in her laundry room for a dirty clothes hamper. Works great! I use the wheeled kind for storing 'out of season' blankets and clothes. They take up less space and store quite a large amount. Very handy!

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By IndiCAt (Guest Post)
November 1, 20070 found this helpful

Clean them up, recover them with wallpaper or wallpaper remnats and use them as gift baskets. Wallpaper is not ugly anymore, you can get some very pretty wallpaper, vintage-ish styles on ebay and at Lowes... I made one for my bathroom, and several people have asked where I bought it. It looks like it came from a boutique, not a chainstore.

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December 4, 20070 found this helpful

We farm, and use them for rodent and bird proof storage. We store ice melt, rabbit feed, horse feed, corn, chicken feed in them. They also hold items you want to keep clean but are storing in a duty place--one has tarps in it, and another has the tent in it.

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