Chalk up another win for PVC Pipe Storage solutions! I spotted this garbage can corral during one of my recent journeys around western Queens. This intersection is especially windy, so my suspicion is that whoever built this corral did so to keep the containers from blowing around whenever they’re empty. Such a simple solution to an otherwise aggravating problem!

Nick Normal

Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1527037418 Sean Richardson

    Unless that’s anchored to something, it’s not going to do any good.

    • http://twitter.com/KurtRoedeger KurtRoedeger

      I think it will, Sean. The wind doesn’t usually blow a vertical can around, it blows it over and then it’s easy for the wind to make the can roll. The corral will help keep all the cans vertical, making it harder for the wind to blow them around. The leg in the middle of the long side will help with the stability, though it should be angled out more instead of inwards. And if a stronger gust of wind comes along and knocks the whole thing over, I see the corral keeping them together better and less likely to roll away.

  • http://profiles.google.com/johnross1968 John Ross

    Does anyone know of a simple to use program for designing and building things from PVC Pipe (it would be awesome if you could also use it for other types of pipe as well eg steel pipe ect)

  • http://profiles.google.com/johnross1968 John Ross

    Personally I would have attached a similar frame to the bottom. also have some supports that the cans could sit on. Add 2 wheels and 2 handles (like a wheel barrel) That would make taking the trash out a lot easier.

  • http://twitter.com/migpics migpics

    Oh it’s so nice to see a PVC solution on Make again. I love all the arduino and laser cut projects but just to see something that’s quick, easy and doesn’t require more than a saw and some elbow grease rocks. Thanks Nick!

    • Anonymous

      my pleasure! I’ll try and hunt out more saw-n-grease mods like this one! thanks for reading.