Reasons to Have a Trash EnclosureGarbage containers are not the most attractive items. They usually are large and bulky, and they only seem to come in drab colors. Garbage containers also get dirty and worn with use. An enclosure allows you to hide the unsightly items. Trash enclosures also are a must in areas of the country with pesky wildlife. If bears are an issue, the last thing you want to do is leave food waste out that will attract them. While not as dangerous, raccoons, possums and coyotes like to get into garbage containers. Even a loose neighborhood dog can make a mess if determined enough.
Tools and Materials Required to Build a Trash EnclosureThe tools and materials needed to build a trash enclosure for your home will vary by plan. The following are common items on a to-buy list:
- 2-by-4 lumber
- Corner posts
- Nails and screws
- Construction adhesive
- Heavy-duty hinges and latches
- Metal flashing to cover seams
- Landscaping fabric
- Gravel or concrete
Free Plans for Trash EnclosuresWhether you decide to tackle this project yourself or have your professional handyman take it on, it helps to have a plan in mind. Check out these free options:
The Renovation Headquarters website offers free, downloadable plans for trash enclosures and also for combo enclosures if you would like to add firewood in the same storage area.
Canadian Home Workshop offers a detailed project plan for a trash enclosure that covers materials, tools and step-by-step instructions. You can even print the plans to keep with you as you work. You wouldn't want to get sawdust on your laptop, after all.
The City of Anaheim, Calif., also posts its requirements for trash enclosures online. It helps residents understand what is and is not allowed, but it also serves as a blueprint for anyone want to build an enclosure.The Garden Path offers this video, which gives you an overview of a more involved trash enclosure project that features a concrete slab. Before getting started on the project yourself or hiring help, check with the appropriate department in your city to learn whether there are any rules you must follow. As with all home projects, whether you take the DIY route or hire a professional depends on several factors. Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do I have the skills necessary to do a quality job?
- Do I have the tools needed, or will I need to purchase them?
- Do I have the time this project will take?