The Universal Bottle Crusher is a human-operated and gravity assisted machine that we have created to promote recycling. As we have walked around our school halls, we have noticed that recycling bins are filled all the way to the top and overflowing. This machine will crush bottles/cans, which will prevent recycling bins from overflowing, because of decreased volume of each can.

Step 1: Materials

1 9 foot piece of rope, 1 4 foot by 4 inch PVC, 2 4 inch plastic drains, 1 three mouthed pipe, 1 roll of duct tape, 1 roll of electric tape, 1 cleat, 1 axe head, 2 screws
Drill, Dremel, Knife, Glue
<p>FYI, the &quot;three mouthed pipe&quot; is more commonly referred to as a &quot;TEE fitting&quot; (as it resembles the shape of the upper-case letter &quot;T&quot;). It is called a &quot;fitting&quot; because it is not an actual piece of pipe but rather a &quot;pipe fitting&quot; which attaches to and joins two or more pieces of pipe together. </p>
<p>I made a very different design than yours and far less pretty. Your crusher is very nice looking tool. I like the simple design of yours which helped inspire my own idea. Enough force and BAM smashed cans.</p>
I doubt schools would like something standing in the hallway that crushes stuff.. Nonetheless I hope they have a garbage compressing machine. So for schools this might not be the best idea, but for other places (a home, community centre or whatever) I think it's a good idea!
What's happening in the picture in Step 1?
I like the idea Gents.

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