Storage drawers are a great way to keep your equipment and tools organised—but did you know about the creative ways of reusing them?
If you no longer need your storage drawers, here are some great recycling options to help you get more bang for your buck—and do better for the environment, too!
Take advantage of recycling programs
Unfortunately, you can’t put hard plastic storage containers in your recycling bin in most areas. However, some companies do make plastic bins that can be recycled—check your manufacturer’s website to make sure.
Alternatively, there may be recycling centres or programs in your area that will accept plastic storage containers. You can also try contacting your council’s waste management branch to enquire about recycling options for unwanted storage drawers.
Reuse and repurpose
Let’s say you originally purchased a small storage drawer unit for organising nails and screws, but you’ve changed your business direction and no longer need that type of storage. Never fear! There are plenty of other ways to use your drawers.
For example, these types of units are popular for storing craft supplies and other small items such as pins, thread, beads, and buttons. They’re also great for storing everyday household items like paper clips, fasteners, and other loose parts—so whether you’re using the drawers at home or in the workplace, you’re sure to find a use for them.
Some other items you can store within small storage drawers include:
- Garden seeds,
- Stationery supplies,
- Safety pins,
- Drill bits,
- Glues, oils, and solvents,
- Loose blades.
Repurposing plastic drawers is a fantastic way to extend their lifespan, save money, and reduce your environmental footprint.
Repair damaged drawers
If your storage drawers are broken, don’t toss them just yet! Depending on the extent of the damage—and the tools you have at your disposal—a simple repair job might do the trick.
Here are some top tips for repairing damaged storage drawers:
- Clean the damaged area, removing any dirt, debris, or residue.
- Fill cracks and holes using a plastic filler (or, in a pinch, with duct tape). Allow the filler to dry completely before moving onto the next step.
- Use fine-grit sandpaper to smooth out the filled surface, ensuring it’s flush with the surrounding area.
- Apply a coat of paint or glaze to the repaired area to match the rest of the drawer. Again, allow it to dry completely before moving on.
- If you’ve made the repair in a high-stress area, you might want to reinforce it with a strip of strong plastic or metal. Attach the reinforcement with a heavy-duty adhesive and make sure it is securely in place.
Always use a repair solution that is compatible with the type of plastic used in your storage drawers. If you’re unsure, consult your manufacturer or check online for specific product recommendations.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
Recycling is a fantastic way to extend the life of your plastic storage drawers—either by repurposing them, repairing them, or sending them to a recycling centre.
Plus, if you can’t personally find a use for your old storage drawers, somebody else will! Donation is another great option if the above solutions don’t work for you.