Micro garbage container/any tips on how to open/close?

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    clairdesol
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    I am completely befuddled by my new micro container for garbage. It is black, small and square with a (removable) square lid. I think I’m supposed to somehow slide the lid on and snap it in place. Now I cannot get it off. Any helpful hints?

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    #779011

    cjboffoli
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    I have one too and I feel your pain. Yet another example of REALLY bad design. I’ve been meaning to grab one of the garbage collectors to see if they had any tips.

    #779012

    squareeyes
    Participant

    I have one and rarely ever close it. I know I know, not helpful. When mine does get closed I hold it between my feet and pry up one corner or end. Something to use as a pry bar, if you can keep one handy might help.

    #779013

    Ms. Sparkles
    Participant

    I have to wiggle the top on mine using my fingers to move the edge of the top flush with the “lid lip” on the can – that useally prys it loose

    #779014

    geronimo
    Member

    you need to push down hard in the center of the top and simultaneously pull up on one of the corners. after you do it a couple of times it’s easy. getting it closed is harder – three of the four corners go on easily and you have to push/hit the last one.

    definitely keeps the raccoons out, though.

    #779015

    Gina
    Participant

    Think of it as opening an off brand Tupperware type container.

    #779016

    Genesee Hill
    Participant

    Geronimo:

    Great instructions. That does make sense.

    Plus, I bet you don’t lose many lids in windstorms…

    #779017

    transplantella
    Participant

    “definitely keeps the raccoons out, though.”

    Not.

    The raccoons can get them open faster than a baby can unlatch baby-proof cupboard hooks.

    We had a big male coon here last summer who discovered that once he turned over those confounded animal proof cans, the lids were easy to pry off. And so he did. Repeatedly.

    #779018

    maude
    Participant

    I usually yank on the lid while cussing and slamming it down on the ground. The lid comes off eventually.

    #779019

    amalia
    Participant

    I smashed mine up during a tantrum I had because it wouldn’t open, and now it works fine.

    #779020

    GoGo
    Participant

    I just put a big rock on top of mine ’cause I can’t get it open/closed and fear that I would do the same as Amalia! :)

    #779021

    Sue
    Participant

    Funny how different they all are. Mine was hard to open/close the first time, and ow it’s no problem whatsoever. No special tricks. Guess I should be grateful!

    #779022

    westcoastdeb
    Participant

    Use a hammer.

    If that doesn’t work, get a bigger hammer.

    Ok, so bashing the lid in might not open it, but it will get you in somehow. Closing it again may be your problem after that.

    #779023

    Vanessa
    Participant

    ha ha ha ha, I’m glad I’m not the only crazy lady out in the alley taking my frustrations out on that darned black box. I do slam it into the ground on occasions. I am glad, however, that it does keep the critters out.

    #779024

    clairdesol
    Member

    Thank you everyone for your responses, and your good humored frustration with this inanimate piece of black plastic. Too bad the city doesn’t have any easy way for me to email this post to them, I wonder if they even know. Geronimo’s post about pushing down in the center while simultaneously prying up one corner seems to work the best. It’s a little more than pushing in the center, more like standing on it. But it doesn’t seem to be getting any easier, even after a couple of months of usage. What a great blog, thank you everyone!

    #779025

    smy
    Participant

    I finally figured out the trick for my micro (good grief, who came up with these cans?). I slide the lid towards me with my fingers under both corners of the lid and then lift both corners with the long side facing me. Usually works, at least on mine. To put it back together, it seems to work to put the backside on, pull lid towards me and then slide lid backwards to secure. And then give it a good thump of satisfaction after a number of weeks of swearing at it(!).

    Laughing now, but what an annoying contraption…

    #779026

    yikes
    Member

    I’m just loving reading all these posts! I thought I was the only one with issues and it was so great to hear I’m not alone. I have ended up with the same solution as smy… it works most of the time. I have tried it, walked away frustrated and then come back later to have it successful. It’s a tricky little devil!

    #779027

    Sonoma
    Participant

    Just be wary of the slugs that might be lurking beneath the lid – I had a close call last summer. As if taking out the garbage and struggling with the lid wasn’t yucky enough! Slime and grime!

    #779028

    DBP
    Member

    This micro-garbage can thing is getting a lot of play. We might be talking “Best Forum Topic of 2013” material here . . .

    #779029

    transplantella
    Participant

    clairdesol says “Too bad the city doesn’t have any easy way for me to email this post to them”

    They would very much prefer you not email them this thread, thank you very much. Success!

    We had perfectly good little round trash cans with screw on lids before they were taken away one day, and exchanged for these infernal black boxes. The racoons NEVER managed to learn how to unscrew the lids on the green cans, but these new ones they pop open like a fresh can of beer.

    Our neighbors in the building apparently are so frustrated with the black mini cans, they just dump all their household garbage in the big recycle bin.

    A win for the neighbors and a win for the raccoons.

    #779030

    WSB
    Keymaster

    Actually it’s easy to mail a link to this (or anything else online, or that you write) to Seattle Public Utilities.

    http://is.gd/NKO2Ht

    To get the link to any individual forum post, right click the number sign below it.

    #779031

    WSB
    Keymaster

    Actually it’s easy to mail a link to this (or anything else online, or that you write) to Seattle Public Utilities.

    http://is.gd/NKO2Ht

    To get the link to any individual forum post, right click the number sign below it.

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