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How to Create a Light Use Dustpan from Recyclables

A Special Educator by profession. When not busy teaching & mentoring student teachers, Susin likes to experiment with DIY eco-projects.

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Takeaway Containers and Other Packaging Throw-it-Away are Ending in the Trash Pile More Than Ever

With the back and forth raging pandemic over these two and more years, the demand and use of takeaway boxes, containers and other to-go conveniences are on the rise. All these may impact on our already adversely affected environment.

On the other hand, it is sometimes inevitable to use such conveniences. How can we minimize the impact as much as possible? How can we stretch the use of, especially plastic materials, as much as we can?

Perhaps, we can make use of these materials and transform some of them into tools for daily use, before eventually recycling them when their useful lifespan is finally up.

This article shows a way of making a simple dustpan for light to moderate use in the home - patio, garden or corridor, etc, using two main materials: a plastic takeaway food container and rolls of cardboard stems from aluminium foils.

The Materials

The main materials are:

1. A plastic food takeaway box or container- or any other preferred waterproof container that is sturdy enough for a dustpan use.

2. Cardboard rolls - preferably medium length ones, as fixing the smaller rolls together will weaken the strength of the eventual handle that is formed.

* Do note that the size of the container and the cardboard rolls used have to be proportionate for practical function.

Tools needed:

1. A cutter

2. Strong glue

3. Scotch tape or similar adhesive tape

4. A thick layer of newspapers or cardboard to serve as a base for cutting work.

A takeaway food container to be used as the "pan".

A takeaway food container to be used as the "pan".

A sharp cutter.

A sharp cutter.

Rolls of cardboard stem from aluminium foil

Rolls of cardboard stem from aluminium foil

A strong glue

A strong glue

Scotch Tape

Scotch Tape

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Preparing the Container to be the "Pan"

First, remove the lid or cover of the takeaway container or chosen box.

Using a sharp cutter, slice off one side on the length side of the container.

Keep it aside for later use.


Remove the lid or cover of the takeaway box.

Remove the lid or cover of the takeaway box.

Use a sharp cutter to slice off one side of the box.

Use a sharp cutter to slice off one side of the box.

Preparing the "Handle" for the Dust Pan

Gather at least three to four aluminium foil cardboard rolls or any tubes of cardboard rolls that are sturdy enough, and of appropriate length to be joined together.

Smaller tubes of toilet paper cardboard rolls can be used to be placed in between the longer rolls. However as they are not as sturdy, try to use only one or two as fillers.

Use scotch tape and tape these rolls together to make the handle for the dust pan. Do keep in mind that the smaller tubes of toilet rolls have to be fixed in between the longer and sturdier ones, if they are used at all.

After having connected the rolls as the handle, make a slit on each side at the end of the last roll, for fixing onto the pan later.

Make the handle by joining the cardboard rolls together using scotch tape.

Make the handle by joining the cardboard rolls together using scotch tape.

Make a slit on each side on one end of the last roll on the handle.

Make a slit on each side on one end of the last roll on the handle.

Attaching the "Handle" onto the "Pan"

Insert the slit end onto the length side of the "pan".

Use a strong adhesive glue to glue the slit cardboard ends onto the pan.

Reinforce it with scotch tape.

Insert the slit end of the handle onto the length side of the container pan.

Insert the slit end of the handle onto the length side of the container pan.

Use a strong glue to fix it onto the pan firmly.

Use a strong glue to fix it onto the pan firmly.

Reinforce the area with scotch tape.

Reinforce the area with scotch tape.

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The DIY Eco Dust Pan is Ready for Use!

This DIY dust pan made from recyclables may not be suitable for whole house cleaning use. However it serves as a handy tool for dirt and particles swept and picked up in the garden, porch, yard, balcony and smaller areas in and around the home.

It is a good way to make use of everyday materials that are taken for granted and thrown away in an instant, to become another tool for everyday use!

The DIY Eco Dust Pan is ready!

The DIY Eco Dust Pan is ready!

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Use it to collect light dirt particles from the corridor, porch or small areas in the home.

Use it to collect light dirt particles from the corridor, porch or small areas in the home.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Susin Lim

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