Since we live in a rural area, our garbage can has never been near our house. It lives a quarter-mile away, at the end of the driveway. We drive the trash up to it piecemeal, as do many of our neighbors.
For some, this is inconvenient; they'd rather load the can at their house and transport it to the end of the driveway on pickup day. Thus Pennsylvania-based inventor Roy Gelesh welded this together:
The garbage can handle fits within the two U-shaped pieces and is secured by wire lock pins.
The contraption fits onto a tow ball, allowing Gelesh to easily pull the can up the driveway.
Two cans can even be ganged together.
Gelesh sells his invention for $60 at TrashCanTrailerHitches.com.
Lastly I'll say, for those of you who might have long driveway envy: To you it might seem like a luxury. From a privacy standpoint it is, but from a practical perspective, not so much; in addition to taking out the trash, long driveways require maintenance that's time-consuming if you do it yourself, or expensive if you pay someone to do it. During bad storms that knock trees down, we're sometimes not able to drive out until I've done laborious chainsaw work. Checking the mail is also a hassle, and I eagerly await the day when the mailbox is a drone that flies to our house and back.
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The garbage can hauler has issues. It has to be removed for every use since it would get in the way of the mechanism most garbage trucks use to connect to the can. It also seems like it would flop around--there is nothing holding it in position. the heavy steel seems like overkill as well. It also tows at a very low angle so the lids must be secured. A better design would be one you can leave on the can and allow you to tow at a higher angle. Even better would be a design that doesn't require a trailer hitch.
We tow our with a simple short loop of rope and a carabiner. Cheap, and we leave it on the trash can handle so it doesn't have to be stored. Long lasting, too. 17 years, 300 yards and and unpaved driveway.
“I saw this commercial on late night TV, it was for this thing you
attach to a garden hose, it was like 'You can water your hard-to-reach
plants with this product.'
Who the f*&ck would make their plants hard to reach? That seems so very mean.
'I know you need water, but I'm gonna make you hard to reach! I will
throw water at you. Hopefully they will invent a product before you
shrivel and die! Think like a cactus'”