When you buy a new trash can, what do you do with the lid?

United States
November 21, 2008 10:43pm CST
November 21, 2008 We had to buy a new plastic kitchen trash can the other day, they have two colors to choose from, white and whatever gets spilled all over it. It has a lid but we use it so much I just put the lid aside and trip over it when I toss something in the receptacle. What am I supposed to do with the lid, just throw it away? The best response will get tagged and I’m offering .50 cents too.
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• United States
22 Nov 08
i just throw mine under the porch til summer and use it to carry plants i'm gonna de-pot to the yard with it.works good to go under houseplants too if it's flat to keep the pots with drainage holes from draining on the counter.
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• United States
22 Nov 08
Hmmm, good one, thanks.
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@suspenseful (40326)
• Canada
22 Nov 08
We still have our old trash can. I am thinking of using it for putting in our compost or an extra trash can when there is any cleaning up to do, like pruning trees. It is still there. We have a shelf where we put all our trash cans on, but we hardly use that in winter as it is hard for the guy to come to the side and pick it up.
@ZephyrSun (7387)
• United States
22 Nov 08
I guess I've never thought about it before because we always use ours. We have a lab that will walk by and have a lick of dinner that got thrown away. If nothing else you could always recycle it.
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@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
22 Nov 08
I dun use a trash can.. INstead, we have bins with those unremovable lids.. lol =D IT's actually better though it's inconvenient.. Because we do throw food wastages into the bin, and having lids, it's able to contain the smell in it till we throw the whole thing away.. Unlike, cans, the foul smell is able to spread to the whole house, and thus, i always dun like the idea of having it.. hehe As for your trash can lid, i have seen my frenz using it as a decoration for their house, and maybe u can do it too ^_^ hehe
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@Barb42 (4225)
• United States
22 Nov 08
We never buy trash cans with lids unless it's for the outside. My kitchen garbage can has it's on cabinet space. You just open the door and throw in the trash. But the outside cans have to have a lid in order to sit them on the road for the trash man to pick up. But I do hate garbage cans in the house that have those lids. I have owned one or two, but never again. They are a nuisance. Now, if it's a very nice one with a place to step on to raise the lid, then, that's fine. But any other kind I don't like.
@guybrush (4662)
• Australia
26 Nov 08
You could always use the lid as a shield next time you go into battle ... but seriously, we have wheelie bins and they have an attached lid. I make sure it's closed because otherwise the cats try to jump into it and knock it over - and there's nothing worse than having your rubbish pulled all over the front garden when you wake up in the morning. You have to rush out in your pyjamas to scoop it all up again before the bin men come!
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• United States
26 Nov 08
A shield? I like that, I do have to combat the smell. You're in the running.
@mtdewgurl74 (18122)
• United States
23 Nov 08
Well have you thought of using it as a sled this winter? We used our lid to side down our hill it was alot of fun and we got use out of something that we wasn't using and also didn't have to pay for a sled. Is it a round one,rectangler or a square one? It also depends on how big it is..is it the kind you have to push in to throw things away or the kind that just lays on top? If it is a square or rectangle one you can set it under your umbrella stand so that when you come home and they are dripping they won't drip on your floor. You can also use them to cover your flower pot outside that has flowers that will come up next year. They are tons of possibilities.
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• United States
24 Nov 08
Hmmm, very interesting, good ideas.
@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
22 Nov 08
I don't like the kitchen garbage cans without lids that are in the cupboard under the sink. They smell without fail and so does the cupboard. I alsways buy a free standing garbage can with a lid and it stands in a corner of the kitchen. When you step on it the lid goes up and it settles back down. In the bathrooms I either have a lidless waste paper basket or a garbage can with a lid that swings back and forth.
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• Canada
22 Nov 08
oh dear, so sorry by mistake my reply posted twice.
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@ElicBxn (60049)
• United States
22 Nov 08
Hun, I pretty much just stuff it under the sink until someone else throws it away! EVEN if I could use it, the cats knock over the cans so often, I end up with it on the floor and the chance the roomie might step on it and fall is enough to get if stuffed outta sight! Now, I know some of those lids think they can be used as dustpans, but all MY dustpans these days are on sticks so I don't have to lean over. Heck, we got one for a friend's mom and the roomie's folks. If a couple of 40-50 yr old don't want to lean over, why should some 60-80 yr old folks want to do it? Probably why we're fat and they ain't! They love them too. I'd check and see if it can be recycled, and that'll ease your guilt for getting rid of it. Heck, we don't even get it on the last one we bought - sure it was there, but... why????
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• United States
22 Nov 08
First up and you've got me cackling! Thanks.
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• India
23 Nov 08
You can throw it away!! I have a cat that loves to pull out whatever I put inside the trash can. That's why I can't afford to throw the lid away. But if you don't have such cats around, you can happily toss the trash can lid away. Cheers and happy mylotting
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@irishmist (3843)
• United States
23 Nov 08
I always leave the lid on, as it helps keep the smell inside the can better and helps to keep the amimals out of the garbage. As far as the lid goes you may want to put it in the closet, and when company comes over you could take it out and put it on the can for decoration.
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@Lindalinda (4116)
• Canada
22 Nov 08
I don't like the kitchen garbage cans without lids that are in the cupboard under the sink. They smell without fail and so does the cupboard. I always buy a free standing garbage can with a lid and it stands in a corner of the kitchen. When you step on it the lid goes up and it settles back down. In the bathrooms I either have a lidless waste paper basket or a garbage can with a lid that swings back and forth.
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