My neighbour down the road at our Cottage in Muskoka, refers to my dog as, the 'Recycle Dog'. On garbage day, she tours all the recycle bins on the road and licks out any remaining morsels of tasty tidbits in the cans.
After discussing my predicament with the local Recycle driver, he said he would empty the bins as long as he could see them. Hence, the lattice work design allowing the bins to be seen clearly behind the door on garbage day, and yet the look of the design is consistent when the compartment is empty.
The door is self locking, due to the weight of the lid, and the garbage bag area is separate from the recycle area. The baluster on the left door stile, hides the seam of the door, and a handle is unnecessary due to the open lattice panel.
Our garbage truck driver is in the habit of placing a stick under the lid of the bins. When he comes back the next week, and doesn't see the stick, he knows that there is garbage inside. Unfortunately, my dog takes the sticks when they fall out, and the garbage man has to hunt for more. An idea taken from the typical mailbox , I have installed a red flag on the lid, which is raised on garbage day, to indicate that the bin is full. The driver puts it down when empty.
The lid is heavy enough to keep out the raccoons and dogs, and has a self-locking support brace, when the lid is raised. A handle on the lid is not necessary, as the front lip is large enough to hold onto. The bin is raised on 2 cedar runners to keep the plywood off the ground and let air circulate.
The cedar spindle balusters add some charm to the ordinary look of a garbage bin. To add a personal touch, the center section of lattice could be left out, and your name and house number could be placed on the plywood.
Plans include materials list and dimensions, complete instructions, close-up photos available on line, and parts assembly diagram.
DIMENSIONS: 54"W x 28"D x 40"H