Don't Let High Winds Or Animals Make A Mess Of Your Trash
There are few things more frustrating than walking outside and realising your trash can has been tipped over and all your trash is not tossed about all over the ground. This process isn't just time-consuming, but it's downright disgusting. Most often, high winds or pesky animals are the main reasons you might find yourself in this situation. However, there are some things you can do to at least decrease the likelihood of either of these interferences causing a problem.
Dealing with High Winds
Believe it or not, it doesn't take hurricane force winds to knock your trash can over. Even on a calm day, a slight gust of wind could take your garbage can down. The easiest way to prevent this is to keep the trash can weighted down. Take a weighted object, such as a brick, and place it on the very bottom of the can. Next, use a landscape block adhesive to secure the brick to the can.
If you live in an area that experiences excessively high winds, it might be worth it to use two bricks. The heavy weight at the bottom of the can will make it harder for it to tip over. This method is especially handy when keeping a recycling bin from tipping over before waste removal arrives. If you aren't able to do this, consider placing your heavy waste bags on the bottom of the trash can to accomplish the same goal.
Keeping Animals Away
Most wild animals spend the evening hours digging for food, and your garbage can is generally a gold mine. Wild animals have no concern for the mess they create, so they will wildly rummage through your trash until they find what they are looking for. Something as simple as keeping your garbage container clean can help with this issue. Most waste bags are designed to trap smells.
So, when animals are attracted to your trash, it's not so much the new trash, but it's the trash that has spilled over and collected at the bottom of the trash can previously. Making it a point to clean out your garbage can once a week can help with this. Another thing you can do is use vinegar. Take a spray bottle full of white vinegar and spray it all around the outside of the can. While the smell doesn't harm the animals, it's not the most pleasing and helps to mak the smell of food, keeping animals away.
While it will take some effort, you can keep high winds and animals from making a mess of your trash.