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Earth Day Fun: Activities Using Portable Roll Away Bins

Lucas Lopez

Earth Day is typically a time to focus on making the planet a better, greener, healthier place for all life. However, it can also be a time to get people excited about clean-up projects that volunteers might otherwise find unexciting. Here are some fun activities using portable roll away bins to jump start your Earth Day activities and celebration.

Runaway Bins

You need an isolated hill and a long stretch of car-free street for this one. You also need a soft landing—lots of bales of hay is a good idea. Place the bales of hay on the road where you want the bins to stop. Make sure the bales are three or four bales high and at least four to six bales deep. (Do not worry—you will use these bales later for covering up grass seed, protecting flower beds, feeding wild rabbits, etc.) The bins are placed at the top of a small hill, and then your riders get into the bins. They race the bins down the hill into the bales of hay. First person down gets to be team captain. If you really want to make this a more meaningful race, the "captains" can collect Earth Day donations to beautify a park or some other related activity.

Bin World Records

Find out what the world record is for anything involving roll away bins (aka, dumpsters).

This could be:

  • Number of Earth Day volunteers squished into a bin
  • Weight of the scrap metal collected
  • Number of plastic water bottles recycled, etc.

You can get very creative with this record-breaker activity. Be sure to document the record with a photo and the presence of a Book of World Records judge to make it official. 

Speed-Cleaning Contest

Rent several portable roll-away bins for this activity. Since cleaning is never anyone's favorite activity, make it a contest for the volunteers. The team that fills their bin the fastest and cleans their section of the project the quickest gets a special Earth Day prize, like a hand-cranked radio that only works on the power of the human arm or an energy-efficient space heater. To participate in this Earth Day contest, everyone pays an entry fee, which helps pay for the prize and the dumpster/bin rentals. At the very least, it is fun to see so many teams scramble to beautify a very messy and not-so-earth-friendly corner of your city or town.

For more information, contact local professionals like American Northwest Recycling.