I am looking for plans for a garbage box for by my drive way. Some people
who live in more rural areas may know what I am. Something simple, but I
need someting b/c garbage collection is every 2 weeks and I don't have shed
yet, and it is making my basement smell :-(
Any plans that one has access to, it would be great if you could pass those
Thanks, have a good day everyone
The fact that you are looking for plans tells me you haven't built much
before. That, and the price of the appropriate moisture-resistant materials,
leads me to suggest you look first at the prices of one of the plastic
snap-together things from Rubbermaid, or similar. (see example at
_Code=RHP+3747&Category_Code=Outdoor+Storage+Sheds )Most of the big-box
stores and garden centers carry them. That will provide you a comparison
point to think about when you price out the lumber and shingles and such. If
you decide to build from scratch, much will depend on size or your trash
cans, and the location you want to put the thing. Most areas, unless you
have an alley, you can't put it by the end of the driveway- it has to be up
by garage/house. If you don't have a paved surface to put it on, you will
need to put down pavement, paver blocks, or at least well-drained gravel.
(Unless you want a raised floor, which means lifting the full cans down on
pickup day.) Metal cans rust, and plastic cans freeze to the ground. Don't
put untreated lumber in contact with dirt, and allow plenty of airflow with
vents, or a gap at bottom. As to design, it depends how completely you want
to hide them. In many areas, just a 3-sided fence the height of the cans,
plus maybe a roof if you get snow, is common. Also common is a couple of
well-placed shrubs to hide them from street/neighbors. If you want
free-standing, sink 4 posts and build a tiny shed around them, with a sloped
and shingled roof, and a big door for access.
Keep in mind, in some areas, especially if you have an HOA or CCRs on your
deed, there may be requirements for permits, and approved styles for
permanently-attached utility structures like this. Plastic prefab
'temporary' structures are often ignored, since they aren't considered part
of the house.
Personally, I'd just get a big rolling bin, and leave it out in the weather.
In some rural areas I have travelled through I noticed a large number of
chest freezers by the side of the road. Never thought much about it - high
failure rate or something. Took me a while but people use these as garbage
bins. Pretty critter proof.
You could probably find someone who will pay YOU to remove one, take the
money & buy some Tremclad & put it at the end of the lane. If you are
artistic you could airbrush a picture of winged horses pulling a golden
chariot full of garbage cans to the heavens.
On 8/7/2005 9:21 AM US(ET), Ray took fingers to keys, and typed the
A couple of caveats. Most jurisdictions require the doors to be removed
from refrigerators and freezers when placed outside the house where
children may climb into them. Also the garbage removers will have to
lift cans out of the chest freezers which will require more exertion on
their part. Thirdly, if the garbage collecting service has those robot
arm trash collecting trucks, or go to them, they won't be able to remove
the cans from the chest.
Any storage box for garbage cans should have an opening top and an
opening front. The top will keep out rain, snow, and critters and still
allow adding more garbage. The opening front will allow the garbage
collectors to slide the cans out of the box without the extra lifting.
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