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55-Gal. Plastic Garbage Barrels
“Ordinary metal garbage cans rust and can get bent by garbage haulers. Instead, I convert old plastic 55-gal. barrels into garbage cans that are lightweight and won’t rust. I drill holes into the bottom of the barrels so they don’t collect rain water,” says Gary Swensen of Yankton, S. Dak.
  The barrels originally contained windshield washer fluid. Swenson’s son got them for him.
  “I use a reciprocating saw to cut the top of the barrel out, leaving a small lip that serves as a handle,” says Swensen. “I also add some reflective tape. I put a metal handle at the bottom of the barrel to make it easier for the garbage man to dump. Another advantage is these barrels won’t get bent if they’re banged against the garbage truck like metal ones will.
“A few weeks ago our local garbage collector came by and thanked me for my plastic containers because of the handles and drain holes. They said that without drain holes, an open-topped garbage can really gets heavy after a big rain.”
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Gary Swensen, 1408 Sunrise Drive, Yankton, S. Dak. 57078 (ph 605 660-3489; g_swensen@msn.com).

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2017 - Volume #41, Issue #1