Ran across a recycling place nearby that had a bunch of surplus food from a local chain of mega marts, and I was up at their facility grabbing a few tons of food when I noticed that they had pallets of plastic buckets. Hundreds of them. So I asked.
"Well, those buckets are covered in cake frosting and sour cream. So our regular recycler won't take them. " So what are you going to do with them? "Well, we've been stockpiling them hoping to find a use for them".
As a farmer, I cannot have enough plastic buckets. As food dishes, water dishes, to hold commodities, to carry things, to store things... buckets are the glue that holds my farm chores together. A little cake frosting and sour cream? I've got a whole herd of animals that would like nothing better than clean each bucket with their tongues!
So yesterday I picked up about 400 plastic buckets for free.
The other item that they had in quantity that they couldn't get rid of were pallets. These are pretty sturdy.
They're constructed with chunks of 4x6, to standard pallet dimensions. I use them under my baled hay to keep the bottom layers off the ground; for temporary storage of items out in the weather, and in my barn I have a pallet jack where I actually use them as pallets!
Heck, worst comes to worst, there's a fair bit of firewood there.
All in all a happy day.