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How To Set Up a Pest Free Recycling Center

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So for some reason lately I’ve gone into a wild and crazy reduce, re-use, recycle kick. I’m pretty sure Pinterest might be to blame.

So for Mother’s Day I asked hubby to set me up a recycling center and compost bin as my gift from him and the kiddos. I was already starting to collect the things to recycle, but since there was no official way to store or keep them yet it was beginning to look like our garage was a big assortment of random trash piles–not cool! Especially given the fact that one of the things East Texas is infamous for is its pest, rodents, critters, and insects. I knew that if I wanted to recycle I needed a step-up in how I was handling things that would encourage recycling as much as it would discourage pests!

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How To Set Up a Pest Free Recycling Center

My Recycling Center was our first project, and happily we were able to find everything that we needed for it at, of course, Walmart! We went in specifically looking for products that would be easy and functional; but also keep rodents, insects, and other pests away from my recycling piles. I wanted to recycle cans, plastic, and paper to begin with. Although I rinse out the cans and plastic containers before storing them we do leave our garage door open all day. Add to that the fact that we’ve found mice in the house before, and the fact that Apollo just killed a HUGE rat and left it on our back step as a “present” last week, well, I knew we needed to buy some great products!

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We got 3 large, durable black trash cans with lids, neon green spray paint, letter stencils, and Mint-X Garbage Bags. I was happy because in typical Walmart fashion even though we got specific items for exactly the solution we needed everything was extremely affordable!

Hubby worked his awesome magic on the trash cans while I learned more about the garbage bags. I was intrigued because they repel raccoons & rodents using the power of mint–the real stuff! They’re infused with 4 plant-derived oils, and they’re also made in the USA! If for some strange reason you don’t have a Walmart near you that carries them, Mint-X Garbage Bags are also available at a wide variety of locations–just click through to find a spot near you or you can order online!

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While I was checking out the bags I noticed that they had specific best practices to discourage rodents to use when you set up your recycling bins (or garbage, as the case may be). Although our trash cans were brand new and I was only planning on using Mint-X in them, I did find it interesting. I can see how someone would buy the product and forget that they probably need to clean out all that stinky yuck that somehow finds it’s way to the bottom of the can and will still attract little furry unwanted visitors! So if you’d like to give these a whirl definitely give your bins a good scrubbing first!!

Here’s a video showing just how effective these nifty bags are, check it out, it’s short and fun —>

Cool right?! I love that although mint is awesome for us, it’s nasty for rodents–I think I will plant mint around my garden and compost bin now!!!

How do they really smell? Well unfortunately we haven’t developed scratch n sniff computer screens yet–but I did put them to the test for you!

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The verdict? I felt like I had just opened up a package of wintergreen gum. It smells that good! I actually love it so much more than the synthetically scented odor suppressing bags that we’ve been using for the house–I just might have to start using these bags inside as well!

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Ta Da!!! I’m so excited about my new recycling center! (Is that weird….I feel like I’m finding this all a little too exciting…hmmm) But one thing is for sure, I know my wonderful in-laws will be even more excited I’m not setting out a welcome mat for icky critters with my new, earth-happy habits! 🙂

Do you recycle? What are your best methods for keeping the nasty critters away? I’d love to have you tell me in the comments!


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14 thoughts on “How To Set Up a Pest Free Recycling Center”


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  1. Neat product! On our farm pests are a real problem. I have to store my trash and recycling indoors till collection day (ewww!!!). This would be a much more convenient option. I will have to look for these in my local store.

    1. Yes–no good! I was really scratching my head because I didn’t want them *indoors* I think this really is the perfect solution!! 🙂

  2. Haha. Thanks for taking one for the team and sniffing those bags!

    They look fantastic, though. I am hypersensitive to smells and I sniff around like a rabid dog looking for the source of an odor and I hate smelly trash cans. I will need to look for these at Walmart!

  3. We don’t have convenient recycling here in the middle of nowhere Montana. It bugs the devil out of both of us ’cause in NJ where we came from it was mandatory. For us to recycle here we would have to haul it over an hour an half one way. It’s not economical or practical.

    I love your new recycling center – very spiffy. My cat brings me presents all the time too.

  4. I do recycle and I’m a little jealous of your new recycling center lol. I love the idea of using mint scented bags that will keep the pests away, as I know what a problem that can be. Thanks for sharing.

  5. I need to find these on a shelf near me soon. Not only do I bet the Mint essence is pleasant as a trash aroma, but it is so interesting that it would repel scavengers. We used to sprinkle cinnamon around our trash to discourage smaller pests, but never could keep the bigger, furry ones out. This looks perfect!

    1. Ooohhh! See! I’m learning all sorts of great new things–I totally didn’t know that about cinnamon, I’m off to go sprinkle some of that around my new compost bin!

  6. I like this set up it seems like it would be very kid friendly too! you could even do different colors for younger children who cant read yet!

    1. Yes!!! Maybe I should go back and add in that both of my kids love this as much as I do and they have been begging to go put the things in the right recycle bin. My 5 year old gets practice by reading which bin to put things in and my 4 year old has figured out where to put things by “sorting” by type by opening the bins and placing it with the right items. 🙂


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