Rain Barrel Sources
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We wanted to make our rain barrels from used barrels. Through research we found the best source is the barrels they use in food processing and then throw out. One of the best sources for this are soda bottling plants because the syrup used to make the drinks comes in beautiful, strong 60 gal plastic barrels that the companies throw away (can't believe it). So we contacted the Coca Cola Bottling Plant on McGraw in Detroit and arranged with them for a date to pick up the barrels. While it was difficult to get them to return a call (they are understandably very busy making lots of Coke every day), they did eventually call back and arranged for a pickup. A good day is Tuesdays, and we learned that the earlier for the pickup, the better. We drove down and picked up eleven barrels. The cost of the barrels was $0. This is a great double win...you save a barrel from the landfill and you have a great barrel to save water!
Note: We have heard (as of Sept 2008) that Coca Cola and Pepsi are not making barrels available to the public, so we will research other sources.
- Rain Barrels R Us LOCAL
- Paresh Rana, P.O. Box 54, Clawson, MI 48017, 248-703-1003
- a 24" diameter barrel (used, from the food industry, blue plastic) costs $65
- Aquabarrel.com Located in Maryland. Rain barrel kits.
- Gardener's Supply Company
- Bay Tec Containers
- Aaron's Rain Barrels and more
- Clean Air Gardening