Anything that will make a bad job easier is something I’m all for, and this is one of those perfect projects!
For those of you with a recycling program in your home town and have been supplied with plastic containers to hold the recyclable material, you know that it can be somewhat of a bother to cart the containers up to the curb. Well, while visiting Shari in Florida, I saw this nifty contraption in her garage and thought to myself, I can build one of those for my garage!
Not only does the cart make it easy for hauling your cans and papers to the curb for pick up, it is also a great storage solution for the garage since it holds your recycling bins in one easy location.
And the cart is easy to build as well. Just keep in mind, recycle containers can vary in size, so you may need to adjust your measurements, but more than likely, the one we constructed will do the trick.
Our drawing is available as a templaterecyclecart.pdf if you are interested.
- ½ inch PVC piping
- 14- 90% ½ inch PVC elbow
- 16 – ½ inch PVC T’s
- Miter saw or hand saw
- 2 metal wheels, 4 inch size
- 3 inch bolts and lock washers
- PVC all purpose cement
Instructions: Use the drawing for a guide for cutting and size.
1. Cut the PVC piping to the size illustrated in the template. Using a miter saw makes quick work of this, but a hand saw can be used as well. (Note that to put an elbow and a “T” connector together you will need to cut short pieces of the straight 1/2″ piping to span between the two. This isn’t visible on the drawing.)
2. I started with the bottom section and worked my way up to the handle.
Make sure to dry fit the pieces together. Don’t apply glue until you have laid out the section to test all the fittings.
3. Once you have laid out an entire section, glue the fittings together using the all purpose cement. Apply on both pieces then hold in place, the pieces will set up fast, so don’t delay too long to push the pieces together.
4. Continue working around the template map that Shari drew. Use the elbow for making turns….
….and the T’s for make connections for longer pieces.
5. Continue to assemble the pieces working from the bottom to the sides….
…and then up to the top portion of the cart.
6. When you cut the feet at the bottom of the cart, they will attach to a T section, cut the small pieces at a 45% angle so the cart will tip back to hold the recycle containers on the cart.
7. Attach the wheels by drilling holes through the bottom 90% elbow and secure using 3 inch bolts and lock nuts.
The template is the perfect guide to build one of these carts. Just use Shari’s dimensions and you will be carting your recyclables easily to the curb for pick up. And pat yourself on the back for doing your part to be green!