Can Crusher Ideas?


Crushing cans when you recycle them is a way to save space in your recycling bin so that you will have more room for other cans or for more recyclables. There are a variety of ways to crush cans easily and efficiently that don't require buying a can crusher from a home supply store.

Involve the Kids

  • If you have kids or have kids in the neighborhood, have them crush your cans for you in a fun, educational game every week. Show the kids that for each can you turn back into a recycling plant, you can get money, which can buy them things like toys and ice cream. Also show them that crushing a can creates more space for more cans in your bag or box that you are bringing to the the recycling plant. Line up cans for the kids to crush themselves by stepping on them. Consider offering a prize for whoever can crush the most cans in a given amount of time.

Vice Crusher

  • Using a vice that is typically installed on a table in a work room to hold metal or wood in place for sawing, you can crush cans one at a time. Place the can longways in the vice and then wind the vice so that it crushes the can together. This will work well with aluminum soda cans, though more durable cans may prove more difficult.

Car Crush

  • Line aluminum cans down behind the wheels of a car. A few can be lined up in a row behind each. Roll over the cans and collect as many of the flattened cans as possible. Repeat until all the cans have been crushed.

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