Do-it-Yourself Recycling Can Carts With PVC Pipe

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Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipe

  • Hacksaw

  • PVC elbow joints (4)

  • PVC cement

  • PVC 4-way joints (2)

  • Wheels (2)

  • Axle

  • Automotive bungee cord (optional)

Stop carrying your bin the hard way.

Many communities offer curbside recycling services. Some of these areas provide large recycling bins on wheels for easy transport to the curb. Others have small bins which must be carried. You can make a simple cart out of PVC pipe to carry your recycling bins.


Step 1

Cut five pieces of 2-inch PVC pipe to a length of 12 inches using a hacksaw. Cut two more pieces to a length of 3 feet each.

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Step 2

Sand the ends of all PVC pieces with 100-grit sandpaper. This will roughen the surface and make cement adhere more easily.

Step 3

Attach a 90-degree elbow joint to both ends of one short piece of PVC. To do this, brush PVC cement into the joints and slide them onto the ends of the pipe. Both joints should face the same direction.

Step 4

Attach two more short pieces to the elbow joints, creating the front and sides of the cart base.


Step 5

Attach 4-way PVC joints to the ends of the side pipes. These joints are shaped like a T with a fourth connection on top. The end of the T is the section that connects to the side pipes.

Step 6

Connect the 4-way joints with another small pipe. This forms the square base for the cart, with open connections extending to the sides and top at the rear.


Step 7

Attach the long pipes into the top ends of the 4-way joint to form the cart side handles.

Step 8

Attach two elbow joints to the final short piece, then connect the elbows to the tops of the side handles.


Step 9

Allow all of the PVC cement to dry overnight.

Step 10

Screw a 13-inch axle onto a wheel with a 6-inch diameter. Run the axle through the open joints on the rear pipe, then screw the other wheel on.

Step 11

Place the recycling bin on the cart base. If needed, use an automotive bungee cord to hold it on the cart.


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