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Survival Uses for Trashcans

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    Survival Uses for Trashcans

    Even though we often spend money buying items that will make great additions to our preps, there are many things around the house that can be used in tough times. One of these is the simple trashcan. You might be amazed at the uses to which you can put in it, with a little ingenuity and creativity. Check out this list of uses for trashcans! But first…

    Why Trashcans?

    Why not? Trashcans are everywhere! Everyone has at least one. Because they are so readily available, they make a prefect prepping item. But there is more to it than just their availability. Trashcans are:

    Relatively inexpensive
    Incredibly durable
    Available in different materials for different uses (you’ll see more about this below)
    Available in different sizes
    Have a lid
    Are easy to transport

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    that's the biggest blogger idiot EVER >>> 100% BS & nonsense - food grade garbage cans????? - even a newbie prepper knows more ...
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    I use metal cans for storage of things that attract vermin/rodents. Need a weight on the lid if bigger stuff like coons can get at it.

    Foodstuffs go inside sealed food grade containers, seeds for farm use (buckwheat, rye, oats, etc), bird food, garden seeds (inside sealed pouches), etc......
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post
    I use metal cans for storage of things that attract vermin/rodents. Need a weight on the lid if bigger stuff like coons can get at it.

    Foodstuffs go inside sealed food grade containers, seeds for farm use (buckwheat, rye, oats, etc), bird food, garden seeds (inside sealed pouches), etc......
    This is what I do. They're great; chew-proof, then I put the mylar rice and pasta in there. I keep the kibble in a trash can, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie View Post
    This is what I do. They're great; chew-proof, then I put the mylar rice and pasta in there. I keep the kibble in a trash can, too!
    Vermin love dog/cat food too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad Trapper View Post
    Vermin love dog/cat food too!
    The problem with storing animal kibble long term (more than 12 months) is that it goes rancid, some brands in less than 8 months. In cooler temperatures than we have in TN it may last longer but after trying several brands of dog and cat food I've learned to keep less than 6 months worth of animal food stored.

    Having said that I think clean trash cans are a great storage option.
    Let's say you grow and harvest a bumper crop of corn that you dried to a low moisture content that you need to store to feed your family over the next year, A few trashcans are a great choice.

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    Let's not forget, a trash can filled with sand, can make a bullet resistant machine gun nest for your perimeter defense...as well as a huge ash tray!
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    NSF = Food grade Yes there are such things used in food processing plants.


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    Only 8 things listed in that link? maybe that's just for urban preppers.

    You gotta think outside the can.
    There's more to a trash can then it's shape. They are basically two different materials, metal and plastic. With a knife or tin snips and or a few other items they can be made into a multitude of things.
    Off the top of my head, roof shingles, shelter, tools, knives, weapons, patch a hole in a boat, make a smaller container, repair a bullet hole in a radiator or fuel tank, windmill, irrigation trough, stove, stove pipe, water filtration system. They are raw materials, plastic can easily be melted to a pliable or liquid state and molded, metal as well.
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    I kept all my PACKAGED / CANNED food items in the large recycle bins provided by city for years. I got them brand new and used them with 100% success, also used store bought cans for misc also. But would only use any such item if it was brand new. Never used, hazard rule I have never broken and it so far has worked quite well for me.
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