Free rain-compost barrels from your local car wash!
I just set up my first free rain barrel this afternoon. I had read, probably on this forum, that you could get barrels from carwash concerns, and last week I got one. Stopped by at a not too busy time and was asked, "Sir? Can I help you?" After a little explanation, he walked with me over to their trash area to see what could be taken and what not. One barrel was available, 55 gallon size, a lovely sky blue. Previously containing windshield washer fluid. This afternoon I took a drill with a 1/2" bit and a sabre saw to it and had the lid off in 10 minutes. I'm impressed with how substantial it is: very heavy duty, hardly any flex at all. After a soap and water cleaning, I'll use this one as a rain barrel, but will also go back for more, drill holes in the sides for air, remove top and bottom, and have a new compost bin. [I'm posting here for the first time, to say thanks for all the ideas and inspiration I've found on this forum.]