Recycling with Recycled Feed Bags

We don’t have recycling pickup at the curb here. Well, we won’t have a curb, but that’s neither here nor there. We hang on to our recyclables until we have enough to justify a trip into to town, or we become totally overrun with recyclables and can’t move. Sadly, the latter is usually the case.

I’ve been using kitty litter buckets to sort recyclables in the mudroom. A good concept that works for all of two days before at least one of the buckets is overflowing. Paul helped me to implement a new method to collect recyclables.

If you have critters, you likely have tons of plastic woven feed bags stashed away. This weekend, we put some of these bags to use storing recyclables. Paul mounted two rows of boards in the corner of the mudroom that used to be filled with overflowing buckets of cans, bottles, and boxes.


From these boards, I hung feed bags for plastic, box board, tin cans, glass, and redeemables.


I removed the paper bottom sealing the bags and replaced it with a strip of plastic fabric cut from another feed bag. This will allow me to rinse the bags out if necessary without the bag falling apart.


I folded the top of the bag in and ran a zig-zag stitch around the edge before adding grommets to each bag for hanging.


Now the trick is to get folks to walk the fifteen feet to the mudroom to dispose of the recyclables rather than leaving them on the counter for the maid.

This entry was posted in , and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

6 Responses to Recycling with Recycled Feed Bags

  1. Ksholly says:

    An ingenious idea!

  2. Dianne says:

    What an incredible idea.

  3. Helen Stephens says:

    Brilliant recycling!
    Great to know your maid has the same problems as ours!!
    Cheers from Brisbane

  4. Sara says:

    This is an absolutely fantastic project! What a great look!

You might enjoy these other recent posts...

Bog Brook Cove Bluff

A couple of years ago, Hannah and I hiked one of the Bog Brook Cove trails in Trescott. I remember discovering a lovely cove inhabited by seals at the end … Continue reading

sturgeon full moon Evening Walk on the Sunrise

Hannah and I both spent the day working. Come dinner time, we felt the need to get outdoors and enjoy this beautiful day. We headed to Machias, parked and walked … Continue reading

Hannah's 18th Birthday Eighteen

She’s 18 today. In the blink of an eye, she’s grown up. No longer is she the shy little girl who did her best not to stand out – all … Continue reading

monarch chrysalis Monarch Caterpillar Becomes a Chrysalis

Yesterday was a lucky day for me. I was working at home day on website projects when I noticed one of the caterpillars Hannah and I have been raising hanging … Continue reading

The Lobster Chair

The WHRL’s summer fundraising auction held over the weekend had a new feature this year. In addition to the raffle-style auction, we had a “Chair-ity” silent auction. Local artists decorated … Continue reading

hannah dancing moose The Dancing Moose

The summer season is short here along the coast of Maine. For me, doesn’t feel as if summer is in full-swing until Milbridge Days, our community celebration. It’s a fun … Continue reading