Garbage Can

Some of us cannot afford garbage cans, and there are a few of us who cannot afford the garbage bags to fill those cans. But the lot of us shop for groceries.

This instructable will help you take those leftover bags from the grocery store and use them to create a usable garbage can.

Step 1: You Get the Lime and the Coconut

1. Get a paper bag and a plastic bag. (when I shop I generally separate the boxes and cans into the paper bags, the perishables into the plastic bags).

Step 2: You Put the Lime IN the Coconut

2. Insert the plastic bag into the paper bag.

3. Make diagonal cuts into the paper bag -- two on each side.

Step 3: Origami

Insert the plastic bag handles into the slots you cut in the paper bag.

Step 4: Fill That Coconut!

6. Fold the (longer) sides of the paper bag in one-inch segments until they meet the other sides of the paper bag.

Step 5: Done!

7. Fill with garbage.

The plastic bag prevents any leakage through the paper bag; the whole can be thrown out when necessary.



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    6 Discussions


    12 years ago

    When I was growing up, my mother always used the paper sacks minus the plastic. There was rarely a problem with breaking or leaking bags, so why use the plastic bag? I'm actually back to the paper sacks in my own home for garbage because they take up so little space under the sink and don't become smelly and infested like plastic trash bins. What ever happened to grocery employees asking "Paper or plastic?" Everywhere I shop these days that bag any of the groceries automatically assume plastic now...

    2 replies

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    Stores stopped asking because plastic bags are less expensive to provide, saving the store a lot of money. They do not worry about the environment, and only provide what we want and are willing to pay for. If you do not ask, you get the cheap option.


    Reply 12 years ago

    The main reason most people stopped asking was cause we were being ignored.... instead the customers would just sit there and watch the moniter and yell at the cashier as though it was their fault something rang up wrong (and more then half the time, the price was right). At least that's how it was in the store I worked for.


    Thanks for the comments! This just came up when I ran out of garbage bags. As for the paper bags leaking -- they usually don't, but I thought I'd add an extra precaution to this little instructable. As for getting paper or plastic, I shop at a "bag-it-yourself" store, and that's why I get both. And you're right, Branden, the paper bags are small and less smellly.

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    and paper is cheaper to recycle :P That is - the non coated (with wax or other resin) type :D

    That being said... my grocery bag flux = 0. I take my bike to the grocery store - and put things in my own bags :D


    12 years ago

    This is so thrifty- I like it