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#1 posted 02-16-2018 05:50 PM

A large trash can didn’t work for me: not in the right place, takes up too much space, gets too heavy, and so on as discussed.

I’ve now got four black plastic cans spread around my 21’x21’ shop, where i most often need them. These are nominally 21×15x11 inches, bought at a big box hardware store. Three of these are reserved for dry, “clean”, trash. They hardly ever need to be rinsed, but sometimes I do so.

I keep a plastic liner in the fourth one. It sits by the main doorway I use to go in and out. It is the only one that gets any messy, wet, drippy, gooey type of trash. If I am about to spray something with WD40 or similar, I hold it over that bag-lined trash can to catch the drips. (I sometime dump the ashes from my ceramic egg smoker in that one.)

This size tucks under edges of workbenches or saws or other stuff. I have a label on each that says “Shop Trash”, which helps to get them back to where they belong, and not put into service for some location around the house or yard.

-- Jim, Houston, TX

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