Instructables user MechEngineerMike writes:

Have you ever had a broken/ cracked recycling bin or other large palatic storage bin? Of course you have! SO pay attention to learn how to get more use out of your stuff and keep it out of the LANDFILL. (ewww) This instructible will show you how to “stitch” a broken plastic box back together!


How-To: Strengthen and Enhance a Recycle Bin

Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


    sounds like an awesome way to avoid wasting containers. I’ll try it next time I break one.

  • Ryan

    You might try drilling a small (1/8″ or 1/16″) hole at each end of the crack to keep the crack from extending. I’ve never tried it with plastic, but in glider maintenance, it’s how we stop cracks in plexiglas canopies from extending further after we stitch them up with wire.