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« on: July 30, 2009, 08:21:19 PM »

from the Londonderry Times Editorial

Get Creative

It's time to get ready to start using the trash barrels distributed by the Town of Londonderry, and to relegate your collection of assorted garbage containers to....the back of the garage? The transfer station trash pile? Lawn sculpture?

We asked ourselves, what could we do with those suddenly antiquated plastic containers that once held our least precious items, our trash. And we asked some others as well.

As we're in the mode to recycle, a major purpose of the change in trash collection methodology, here are some suggestions. Some are practical, some a bit outlandish,  but all a possibility.

First, clean out the barrels. And whatever you do, don't forget to use the lid. You don't want to turn the barrels into mosquito nurseries.

In the yard:

• A weed barrel as you clean up the garden.
• A kindling box for starting evening fires, indoors or out.
• A coal box.
• A compost bin. Drill some air holes, remove the bottom, add some dirt, and start composting.
• A container for pool supplies - toys, towels, inflatables.
• Outdoor toy storage - collect those balls and bats in one place.
• Cut the container down to the size of large planters, with holes drilled in the bottom for the water to escape.
• A collection spot for hazardous waste - ventilated, of course - for the twice-yearly hazardous waste collection days.
• A container for potting soil.

In the laundry:
• Clothes for the really heavy-duty laundry jobs.
• Rag storage.

• A sleeping bag storage container.
• A home for winter boots.
• A dog, bird or cat food container.
• A home for sports equipment, perhaps sorted by season.
• An ice bucket for a really large party.

Be creative:
• Use as snow fort castle walls - they'll be heavy to move but a neat size.
• Backyard targets for golf balls, baseballs, basketballs, and with appropriate target painting, squirt guns or BB guns.
• Garden gnome homes.
• Lawn sculptures.

And if nothing else works:
• Decorate the old trash can into a piρata, hang it from a tree, grab a baseball bat, and practice stress relief.
• Or bring the outdated trash cans to the West Road drop-off center, at a fall day to be announced, for free recycling.

Glenn Douglas
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2009, 08:25:23 PM »

Other Ideas?

Spray paint old cans white, arange in a cirle in the front yard.

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Glenn Douglas
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2009, 01:26:19 PM »


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