So this may not be my prettiest project to date but it is super helpful… When Rob and I first moved to our new house in Brownsville we quickly realized that we were making a ton of trash. Like, how was it even possible? Two people now sharing one trash can is what it took for us to realize just what a huge impact each of us were having on the local landfill.
So I called our local public utilities board and asked to get recycling tubs and was informed that they don’t do that here. Womp. Womp. But we could separate, clean and take our own recycling to a recycling center, but they wouldn’t pay us for our ‘donations’. At first we tried just tossing cans into one trash bag and bottles into another out in the garage but things got lost and things got confused and mixed up and it was a pain. Even then, our garage was a flipping nightmare!
So one day I headed into town (I still say that, I have to go to town! even though I’m technically in town already :) and bought 3 matching trash cans. I hated the red they were but they were the only ones I could find that had the kinds of lids I was hoping for and would fit into the space we had allotted in the kitchen. So I snapped them up and set them up and we STILL got confused. So I did what I sometimes do… I got into a tizzy and I tore apart the garage until I found my Silhouette and then until I found the only vinyl I could and THEN I had to go get a cord from town because I couldn’t find it to save my flipping life!
Heck, I didn’t even have my good camera out yet and I took these with my point and shoot on the messy kitchen table. But the important thing is that this little project, however ramshackled, made it easier for us to do our bit for the environment and recycle. And since Earth Day is upon us, and since I fortuituously found these pics just the other day I’m sharing this poorly shot tutorial so you can make your own trash and recycling center :)
For this project you will need:
- Silhouette or other cutting machine
- Vinyl – I used Oracal 651
- trash and recycling Silhouette cut files OR SVG files
- Vinyl transfer paper
Size the files appropriately for your trash cans. Cut them out of good vinyl (I used indoor outdoor for durability and because it’s what I could find) and weed out the excess bits.
Use transfer paper to remove the vinyl decal.
Apply to your trash can and use an old gift card or other similar item to burnish the vinyl onto the can.
Carefully peel away the transfer paper.
And there you have it! Now everybody can easily tell that cans go in that business, right?!
Now to be fair, we only keep the trash in the house now. When we were first setting up this seemed like an okay set up but the kitchen is on the super dang small side and we wound up needing that space for our buffet. Luckily the recycling cans can be out in the garage with little problem. I guess the problem is that it is possible that we can’t get to the garage for the tiny and super filled up laundry room but, hey, we’re working on it!